Sami Fathi

Sami's an avid lover of writing, digging up news, and can double down on a variety of Mexican food. Sami has been reporting on Apple for the past two years and takes part in MacRumors' day-to-day coverage. Sami's work has been highlighted by news aggregator Techmeme and various other publications.

Sami carefully looks into all news tips he receives and can be contacted via email, on Twitter, or on iMessage.

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watchOS 8.3 and iOS 15.2 Release Candidates Enable Apple Watch ECG in China

Wednesday December 8, 2021 1:49 am PST by
The watchOS 8.3 and iOS 15.2 release candidates, released to developers this week, enables ECG functionality for Apple Watch users in China following regulatory approval for the feature over the summer, according to ITHome. ECG capabilities, available with the Apple Watch Series 4 and later, allow users to quickly take an ECG by simply placing their finger on the Digital Crown and staying...
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Apple Looking to Create an 'Entirely New Application Paradigm' for AR and VR

Wednesday December 8, 2021 1:33 am PST by
Apple is looking to create an "entirely new application paradigm" for augmented and virtual reality according to a new job listing, highlighting the company's growing ambitions in the AR and VR space as it ramps up the development of its next-generation products. The job posting initially shared by Hayden Lee, an AR/VR software engineering manager at Apple, describes Apple as looking for an ...
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Kuo: AirPods Pro 2 With New Design and Improved Chip to Launch in Late 2022

Wednesday December 8, 2021 12:11 am PST by
The AirPods Pro 2, the first update to the ‌AirPods Pro‌ since its debut in 2019, will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. In a note obtained today by MacRumors, Kuo said that the second generation of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ will launch in the last quarter of 2022. Reports have suggested a launch next year, but excluding one rumor suggesting a third-quarter...
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Kuo: Second-Generation Apple AR Headset to Launch in 2024 With Lighter Design, Redesigned Battery System, and More

Tuesday December 7, 2021 11:27 pm PST by
Apple is already working on its second-generation AR headset, which will feature a lighter design, adopt a new battery system, and a faster processor, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in an investor note obtained by MacRumors. Apple is widely expected to launch its first-generation AR-focused device in 2022. That device has been previously reported to feature a processor with Mac-level...
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Take a Unique Peek into How AirPods Have Evolved With Every Generation

Tuesday December 7, 2021 3:45 am PST by
New detailed CT scan images of the first-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, and third-generation AirPods have revealed in detail what internal design changes Apple had to accomplish to include new features in every generation while continuing to miniaturize internal components. The first-generation AirPods, announced in 2016, serve as the main design inspiration for the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and...
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Apple Reportedly Increasing iPhone Shipments by 30% in First Half of 2022

Tuesday December 7, 2021 1:35 am PST by
Apple is reportedly increasing iPhone shipments by 30% for the first half of next year with the larger goal of exceeding 300 million ‌iPhone‌ shipments in 2022, according to a new report from DigiTimes Taiwan. The report, citing persons familiar with the matter, said that Apple is hoping to challenge its target of shipping 300 million iPhones in 2022. Shipments for the first half of the year...
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2022 Apple Watch Lineup Rumored to Include New Apple Watch SE and 'Rugged' Model for Sports

Sunday December 5, 2021 8:22 am PST by
Apple is planning an entire revamp of its Apple Watch lineup for 2022, including an update to the Apple Watch SE and a new Apple Watch with a rugged design aimed at sports athletes, according to respected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. Writing in the latest installment of his Power On newsletter, Gurman said that for 2022, alongside the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple is planning an update to ...
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Apple Executives Talk Watch Bands: Emphasis on Backward Compatibility, Design Philosophy, and More

Friday December 3, 2021 11:32 am PST by
In a new interview, two Apple executives have discussed Apple's wide range of Apple Watch band options for customers, how they're designed, and their thinking behind them. Evans Hankey, Apple's vice president of industrial design, and Stan Ng, Apple's vice president of product marketing, recently spoke to HYPEBEAST about Apple Watch bands. Apple has a wide range of Apple Watch bands for...
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Google's 'Pixel Watch' Planned for 2022 Launch to Compete With Apple Watch

Friday December 3, 2021 6:59 am PST by
Google is planning to launch its first smartwatch next year, according to a new report from Business Insider, signaling Google's expansion into creating smartwatch hardware rather than just software. Google has so far only developed wearOS, an operating system that the company has partnered with Samsung and others to implement into smartwatch offerings. Next year, however, Google is planning ...
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Intel Eager to Avoid Clashes With Apple As It Looks to Secure TSMC's 3nm Chip Supply

Friday December 3, 2021 2:20 am PST by
Intel is looking to develop a closer relationship with TSMC, Apple's largest and most important chip supplier, to avoid possible clashes with the Cupertino tech giant over TSMC's 3nm chip production, according to DigiTimes. Yesterday, we reported on TSMC beginning pilot production of its 3nm process that will eventually be used in future Apple silicon Macs. Apple currently uses a 5nm process ...
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Some 16-inch MacBook Pro Owners Report MagSafe 3 Charging Issues When Mac Is Closed

Tuesday November 30, 2021 2:54 am PST by
Some 16-inch MacBook Pro owners appear to have identified a shared issue suggesting the MagSafe 3 connector sometimes fails to deliver the expected charge when their Mac is turned off and the lid is closed. As outlined on Reddit, some 16-inch MacBook Pro Models, when powered off, are failing to charge if the ‌MagSafe‌ connector is plugged in. Instead of turning green, the ‌MagSafe‌ light flashes ...
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Apple Introduces New MacBook Upgrade Program for Business Partners

Monday November 29, 2021 7:38 am PST by
In association with CIT as the financing partner, Apple has launched a new Mac Upgrade Program for small businesses and Apple business partners that allow companies to easily distribute and upgrade their fleets of MacBooks at an affordable price to all of their workers. As outlined on CIT's website, shared by Max Weinbach, Apple Business Partners can distribute the 13-inch MacBook Pro,...
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Woman Credits Apple Watch Heart Rate Alerts With Saving Her Life

Saturday November 27, 2021 11:23 am PST by
A former nurse practitioner has thanked her Apple Watch and its Low Heart Rate notification for likely saving her life, crediting the watch's advanced and proactive health and medical capabilities for alerting her to a potentially life-threatening condition. 68-year old Patti Sohn was gifted an Apple Watch for Mother's Day by her son and has since developed a habit of closing her activity...
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Apple Resumes Product Sales in Turkey With Significant Price Hikes

Friday November 26, 2021 4:00 am PST by
Apple has resumed the sales of its products in Turkey just days after shuttering its sales operation following the Turkish lira collapsing against the U.S. dollar and rising economic concerns. With the resumption of product sales, Apple has also significantly increased the price of all of its products in the country as a result of inflation. Over the past week, the Turkish lira has collapsed ...
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Apple News+ Offering Three-Month Free Trial for New Subscribers Through Cyber Monday

Friday November 26, 2021 2:58 am PST by
Apple News+ is offering new subscribers an extended three-month free trial of its service through Cyber Monday, an increase from the normal one-month trial offered to new subscribers, the service announced on Apple's website and on Twitter. The new offer will only be offered to new subscribers in locations where ‌Apple News‌+ is available and will run until Cyber Monday, November 29. Apple ran ...
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Apple Fined $11 Million in Italy for Employing 'Aggressive Methods' in Commercial Use of Private Data

Friday November 26, 2021 2:16 am PST by
Apple and Google were today fined 10 million euros ($11 million) by Italy's Competition Authority for allegedly using user data for commercial purposes without their explicit consent, an apparent violation of Italy's Consumer Code. The authority claims that both Apple and Google utilize user data they collect through their services for promotional and economic activity without the user's...
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Apple Customers in Turkey Being Turned Away at Retail Stores as Halt on Product Sales Continues

Wednesday November 24, 2021 10:17 am PST by
Apple customers in Turkey are being turned away at retail stores by staff following the halt of online product sales in the country, although the exact reason for the in-store sales halt is unclear. According to macReports, the halt is due to rapid currency fluctuations as the Turkish lira has declined significantly in recent days, and store staff are telling customers that normal sale...
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Twitter Investigating Bug Causing Unexpected Logouts on iOS 15

Wednesday November 24, 2021 9:28 am PST by
Twitter Support has acknowledged a bug causing unexpected account logouts on iOS 15, promising that its teams are working on a fix and that it'll keep users updated on when it's resolved. Posts on Twitter over the last several hours have shown users experiencing the bug, with some sharing frustrations that the app is requiring them to log back into Twitter upon every app launch. While some...
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Spotify Users Growing Impatient and Canceling Subscriptions Over Lack of Native HomePod Support

Monday November 22, 2021 10:39 am PST by
Spotify users are growing impatient with the music streaming giant over its lack of HomePod support, pushing several customers to the brink of canceling their subscriptions entirely and moving to alternative platforms, such as Apple Music. More than a year ago, at the 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced that it would be adding third-party music service support to ‌HomePod‌. A ...
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Facebook Delays Plans to Use End-to-End Encryption As Default for Messenger and Instagram Messages Until at Least 2023

Monday November 22, 2021 6:32 am PST by
Facebook, now rebranded to "Meta," is delaying plans to use end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Instagram messages until at least 2023, a year later than the previous deadline promised by the social media behemoth. Writing in The Telegraph, Meta's head of global safety, Antigone Davis, said that the company is pushing back its deadline to roll out end-to-end encryption as the default...