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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iPhone 13 Users Experiencing 'Unable to Communicate with Apple Watch' Bug With Mask Unlocking

Friday September 24, 2021 9:03 am PDT by
Several iPhone 13 users have taken to online forums and social media to report that after receiving their brand new iPhones, they're experiencing a bug preventing it from communicating with their Apple Watch, making what's supposed to be a seamless experience an annoyance. As outlined on Reddit, after receiving an ‌iPhone 13‌, some customers cannot toggle on the "Unlock with Apple Watch"...
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Rumor Claims iPad Pro With Horizontal Cameras and Landscape Apple Logo in the Works

Friday September 24, 2021 3:09 am PDT by
A new rumor claims that a future iPad Pro may feature a horizontal camera layout and a landscape Apple logo on the back, as part of a supposed push from Apple to promote usage of the ‌iPad Pro‌ in landscape orientation, rather than portrait. The rumor originating from Dylandkt claims that a future version of the ‌iPad Pro‌ will include a horizontal camera layout and a landscape Apple logo on the ...
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EFF Flew a Banner Over Apple Park During Last Apple Event to Protest CSAM Plans

Friday September 24, 2021 2:06 am PDT by
In protest of the company's now delayed CSAM detection plans, the EFF, which has been vocal about Apple's child safety features plans in the past, flew a banner over Apple Park during the iPhone 13 event earlier this month with a message for the Cupertino tech giant. During Apple's fully-digital "California streaming" event on September 14, which included no physical audience attendance in...
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MagSafe Duo Charger Works With iPhone 13 Pro Cases, Despite Minor Fit Issues

Thursday September 23, 2021 11:31 am PDT by
Earlier today, a report highlighted that an iPhone 13 Pro with a case doesn't lay fully flat on the MagSafe Duo charger, igniting concerns about possible compatibility issues. Even if the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ doesn’t lay fully flat on the charger, it will, however, still charge normally. For better context, a video posted by MKBHD shows that an ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ with a case is slightly elevated off of...
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First Look Inside iPhone 13 Reveals Revamped TrueDepth System, Smaller Taptic Engine, and Larger Battery

Thursday September 23, 2021 4:09 am PDT by
New images offering us our first real-world look inside the new iPhone 13 have revealed a smaller Taptic Engine, a larger battery, and revamped components of the TrueDepth camera system. The ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup will start arriving at customers on Friday, a week after pre-orders went live. While a more professional teardown of the device will be shared online in the coming days and weeks,...
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Report: Apple AR Headset With Rumored $2,000+ Price Tag to Enter Mass Production in Second Quarter of 2022

Wednesday September 22, 2021 6:17 am PDT by
Apple's augmented reality headset will enter mass production in the second quarter of next year, with a launch expected between the third and fourth quarter of 2022, according to a translated report from the Taiwanese version of DigiTimes. In June, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offered a similar timeline for Apple's AR headset, reporting it will launch sometime between April and June of next...
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Some Users Plagued by Incorrect 'iPhone Storage Almost Full' Alert After Updating to iOS 15

Wednesday September 22, 2021 4:14 am PDT by
Just two days after Apple released iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to the public, a new wave of user reports from social media are already pointing to some widespread bugs, this time pertaining to reported storage on a device. A flood of users has taken to Twitter over the last 24-48 hours to share their experience that after updating to ‌iOS 15‌, they see an "iPhone Storage Almost Full" warning inside...
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iPhone 13 Reviews: Excellent Cameras, Speedy Performance, and Improved Battery Make for Worthy Upgrade

Tuesday September 21, 2021 7:03 am PDT by
A few days before they start arriving at customers, Apple has provided select media outlets and reviewers with models of the new iPhone 13 mini and ‌iPhone‌ 13, giving us a closer look at this year's new ‌iPhone‌ update. Compared to their predecessors, the ‌iPhone‌ 13 and ‌iPhone‌ 13 mini feature a smaller notch, improved cameras, longer battery life, and better performance. Here's a brief summary of...
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Apple Researching Ways to Use iPhone Camera to Detect Childhood Autism

Tuesday September 21, 2021 2:56 am PDT by
Apple is reportedly researching ways to use the cameras inside of the iPhone to detect childhood autism, aiming to use data from the camera to observe a child's behavior that could be used for early diagnosis, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, which echoes previously announced research efforts, Apple wants to be able to use the camera inside of...
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Apple Offering 6-Month Apple Music Subscription Free for Owners of Select AirPods and Beats Models

Tuesday September 21, 2021 2:33 am PDT by
Apple today launched a new offer that provides owners of the second-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and select Beats products with a six-month free subscription to Apple Music. The offer is only valid for new ‌Apple Music‌ subscribers, and no new purchase is required, so this is open to any users who currently own an eligible product. Eligible products include the...
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1Password Releases Safari Extension for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

Monday September 20, 2021 2:12 pm PDT by
With the release of iOS and iPadOS 15 today, the popular password management app 1Password has released an accompanying update that brings its desktop-class extension to the iPhone and iPad. With iOS and ‌iPadOS 15‌, Apple allows Safari extensions developers to release their previously exclusive Safari for Mac extensions to the ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, allowing users to use extensions on all of their...
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'Ted Lasso' Wins Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series as Apple TV+ Captures 11 Total Awards

Monday September 20, 2021 3:14 am PDT by
The popular Apple TV+ comedy series "Ted Lasso" has been awarded four new Emmy awards, making history for ‌Apple TV+‌ as it became the first streaming service to win an Emmy award in a program category in only its second year of eligibility. Ted Lasso has won a total of seven Emmy Awards in 2021. As Apple touted in a press release, "Ted Lasso" made history by becoming the most nominated...
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iPadOS 15 Allows Apps to Use Up to 12GB of RAM on High-End iPad Pro, Up From Just 5GB

Friday September 17, 2021 4:21 am PDT by
In June, we reported that starting with iPadOS 15, Apple is giving developers the ability to allocate their apps more RAM, allowing apps to use more of the available memory in the iPad to run faster and smoother. Via an entitlement, Apple is giving developers the ability to let iPadOS know that certain functions of their apps may perform better if they have access to more system memory....
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What Went Wrong: Apple Watch Series 7 Rumors Edition

Thursday September 16, 2021 6:57 am PDT by
Going into an Apple fall season, excitement typically revolves around the new iPhones. This year, however, the Apple Watch stole some of the iPhone's spotlight due to reports, leaks, and rumors suggesting it would be getting a significant redesign. One of the biggest surprises during Apple's "California streaming" event was the new Apple Watch, not because of the features or design it...
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Apple Accused of False Marketing and Fraud Over M1 MacBook Display Issues

Wednesday September 15, 2021 1:37 pm PDT by
Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit in the United States that accuses it of false or deceptive marketing for the M1-powered MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, fraudulent business practices, misconduct in customer support, and violation of consumer law. The lawsuit, filed this week in the Northern District of California, represents Apple customers across the United States who have faced...
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Apple Watch Series 7 Tidbits: S7 Chip, Storage Remains 32GB, USB-C Fast Charging Cable in the Box, and More

Wednesday September 15, 2021 9:00 am PDT by
Contrary to some recent media reporting, MacRumors can confirm that the new Apple Watch Series 7 is powered by a new S7 chip, although the S7 is based around the same CPU found in the S6 chip from the Series 6. Apple announced the ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ during its event yesterday, but the watch will not be available until "later this fall." As a result, Apple has so far offered relatively...
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AppleCare+ With Theft and Loss Coverage Expands to the United Kingdom and Australia

Wednesday September 15, 2021 4:48 am PDT by
Apple has expanded AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss coverage, which includes up to two incidents of theft or loss of an iPhone, to the United Kingdom and Australia. Offered as an additional plan to customers in the United States, Japan, Germany, and now also the United Kingdom and Australia, ‌AppleCare‌+ with Theft and Loss coverage can help customers who unfortunately have had their devices...
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Tim Cook Talks iPhone 13, iPad Mini, Fitness+ Integration With Apple Watch, and More in New Interview

Wednesday September 15, 2021 3:19 am PDT by
Following the announcement of the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and the new sixth-generation iPad mini, Apple gave YouTuber iJustine a chance to talk to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the new announcements, including some tidbits about Fitness+. In the nearly 15 minutes' long interview, Cook describes the new camera features of the ‌iPhone 13‌, specifically Cinematic Mode, as a "mindblowing"...
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iPhone 13 Still Doesn't Display Battery Percentage in the Status Bar, Despite Smaller Notch

Wednesday September 15, 2021 2:11 am PDT by
Despite a smaller notch, the iPhone 13 lineup will not show users their battery percentage in the status bar, or at least, not by default, according to the ‌iPhone 13‌ simulator embedded within Xcode. The entire ‌iPhone 13‌ series features a smaller notch, allowing for more area to display content. While many customers may have hoped that a smaller notch would lead Apple to show the battery...
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Samsung Takes Jab at Apple After Finally Including ProMotion Displays in iPhone 13 Pro

Tuesday September 14, 2021 1:45 pm PDT by
Following the launch of the iPhone 13 Pro and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max earlier today, which features ProMotion displays with a variable 120Hz refresh rate, Samsung has come out in an apparent jab to Apple for being late to join the wider industry in adopting higher refresh displays. In a tweet as the Apple event was underway earlier today, the official Samsung Mobile account tweeted "We’ve been...