Sami Fathi

Sami is an Editor and Reporter for MacRumors with a deep love for writing, finding the next big exclusive story, 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' daily news coverage, with his work regularly highlighted by news aggregator Techmeme and various other publications.

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Sami Fathi's Articles

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Gurman: iOS 16 to Include New Ways of System Interaction and 'Fresh Apple Apps'

Sunday May 15, 2022 6:14 am PDT by
iOS 16 will include new ways of interacting with the system and some "fresh Apple apps," Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said, offering some more detail on what Apple has in store for the upcoming release of iOS and iPadOS set to be announced in a few weeks at WWDC. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman wrote that while ‌iOS 16‌ is not likely to introduce a major face-lift to...
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iPod Touch Completely Sold Out in Apple's US Store Just Days After Being Discontinued

Thursday May 12, 2022 2:35 am PDT by
Just days after being discontinued, the last iPod, the seventh-generation iPod touch, has officially sold out in Apple's US online store. Yesterday, we reported that some configurations of the iPod touch were being marked as "sold out" in Apple's US store. Now, all iPod touch models in all configurations are entirely sold out. Apple marked the end of an era this week when it announced it...
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Apple Launches Limited-Time Bonus Trade-In Credit for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch in Many Countries

Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:14 am PDT by
Apple has launched a special limited-time offer for iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and iPad trade-in that offers customers additional credit when trading in their only device for a new one. The offer is being run in several countries including the US, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, India, and France. In the UK, Apple is offering up to £50 of extra trade-in credit...
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Kuo: iPhone 15 to Switch From Lightning to USB-C in 2023

Wednesday May 11, 2022 3:12 am PDT by
Apple will ditch its proprietary Lightning port and switch to USB-C on all or possibly some models of the iPhone 15 lineup destined to launch in the second half of 2023, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today. Since the ‌iPhone‌ 5, Apple has kept the Lightning port on the ‌iPhone‌, despite much of the industry moving to USB-C. In a tweet today, Kuo said that the latest supply chain survey...
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Second-Generation AirPods Pro Rumored to Launch This Fall, New AirPods Max Colors Also in the Works

Sunday May 8, 2022 6:12 am PDT by
Apple is planning to release the second-generation AirPods Pro this fall, rumored to feature a new design, improved audio quality, and some possible health integration, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. As Gurman writes in his latest Power On newsletter: Look out for new ‌AirPods Pro‌ in the fall. The current model has been on the market since fall of 2019, so the batteries are already...
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Apple's Director of Machine Learning Resigns Due to Return to Office Work

Saturday May 7, 2022 12:31 pm PDT by
Apple's director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, has resigned from his role a little over four years after he joined the company after previously being one of Google's top AI employees, according to The Verge's Zoë Schiffer. Goodfellow reportedly broke the news to staff in an email, saying his resignation is in part due to Apple's plan to return to in-person work, which required...
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iOS 15.5 to Reintroduce Apple Music API Used by Third-Party Apps to Adjust Playback Speed

Friday May 6, 2022 8:18 am PDT by
iOS 15.5 will include the reintroduction of a popular Apple Music API used by third-party music players that allowed users to change the playback speeds of songs within the app, an Apple software engineer has announced. With iOS 15.4, Apple removed an API used by third-party ‌Apple Music‌ players that let users change the playback speed of songs. The ‌Apple Music‌ app itself does not let users...
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Apple Releases New Special Edition Powerbeats Pro

Friday May 6, 2022 7:43 am PDT by
Apple has released a special edition version of its Powerbeats Pro headphones with a special and funky yellow and dark purple pattern in partnership with a London-based designer for $250. The special edition headphones were made in partnership and inspired by the designs of Paria Farzaneh, an English-Iranian designer based in London. Alongside their unique yellow and dark purple pattern...
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Some Apple TV Users Complain of Dolby Atmos Audio Issues

Friday May 6, 2022 7:12 am PDT by
A cluster of Apple TV owners over the last several months have been complaining about several issues when using external speakers with the ‌Apple TV‌ and attempting to listen to Dolby Atmos audio. A thread on Apple's support forums, which started in September 2021 and has over 25 pages of users sharing complaints, chronicles how users are experiencing issues with their ‌Apple TV‌ and Dolby...
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Apple Patent Suggests Future iPad Could Transform Into macOS-Like Experience When Attached to a Keyboard

Friday May 6, 2022 5:26 am PDT by
A new Apple patent has suggested that a future iPad or version of iPadOS could include the ability to transform the tablet into a macOS-like user experience when it's attached to an external keyboard. The patent, first reported by Patently Apple, is wide-ranging in its potential implementation. Apple regularly patents dozens of ideas, and only very few ever see the light of day. Nonetheless, ...
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AirPods Pro Development Pushed Apple Toward Less Internal Secrecy and Greater Collaboration, Says Former HR Executive

Friday May 6, 2022 4:38 am PDT by
As AirPods Pro were under development in the years before their launch in 2019, Apple was pushed by a small team of HR managers to adopt a more transparent and less secretive work atmosphere for employees, a departure from the ultra-secretive and siloed work culture that leads to most of the company's products. The revelation comes from a guest article on Fast Company written by Chris...
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Apple Reaches Settlement to Pay $15 to Some iPhone 4S Owners Who Experienced Buggy Performance After iOS 9 Update

Thursday May 5, 2022 5:38 am PDT by
Apple has agreed to settle a long-lasting six-year class-action lawsuit that accused it of knowingly slowing down iPhone 4S devices following the iOS 9 update in 2015, agreeing to pay some ‌iPhone‌ 4S owners who had experienced poor performance $15 each for their claims. The class-action lawsuit was initially filed in December 2015 by plaintiffs representing a group of ‌iPhone‌ 4S customers from ...
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Google Rumored to Soon Launch 'Pixel Buds Pro' to Rival Apple's AirPods Pro

Thursday May 5, 2022 3:53 am PDT by
Google plans to soon launch the "Pixel Buds Pro," a high-end version of its Pixel Buds line that it hopes will compete with the likes of Apple's AirPods Pro and Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro. Leaker Jon Prosser said in a tweet this week that the Pixel Buds Pro were slated to launch "soon," and come in four colors: Real Red, Carbon, Limoncello, and Fog. While not disclosing a specific date,...
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Meta Partly Blames Apple's iOS Privacy Changes for Slowing Its 2022 Hiring Plans

Thursday May 5, 2022 3:15 am PDT by
Meta, still better known as Facebook, plans to hire fewer new employees for the remainder of 2022 than previously planned, the company's chief financial officer, David Wehner, said in an internal memo obtained by Business Insider that partly blamed Apple. In the letter to Meta employees, Wehner said that the company needs to "take another look at our priorities and make some tough decisions...
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Foxconn Abruptly Halts Hiring at iPhone Factory Amid New Lockdown and iPhone 14 Delay Concerns

Wednesday May 4, 2022 5:08 am PDT by
Roughly 24 hours after saying it would ramp up hiring and incentives for new employees, Foxconn, Apple's main iPhone supplier, said today it would abruptly stop hiring new workers for its plant in Zhengzhou, China, after new COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions were imposed on the city of nearly 11 million residents. Just yesterday, Foxconn was signaling it wanted to hire more workers to meet ...
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Apple Was the Only Top Smartphone Vendor to Increase Shipments Year-Over-Year Last Quarter

Friday April 29, 2022 3:46 am PDT by
Apple was the only top smartphone maker that saw a year-over-year increase in shipments in the last quarter, while Samsung, Oppo, Xiaomi, and others saw steep declines in their respective mobile smartphones. Apple yesterday announced record earnings for the March quarter, with more than $97 billion in revenue, beating expectations. Following the results, Strategy Analytics, Canalys, and IDC...
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Here's a Real-World Look At How the iPhone 14 Lineup Compares to the iPhone 13

Thursday April 28, 2022 5:46 am PDT by
New images of 3D-printed mockups, likely based on relatively accurate dimensions for the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup, have offered a close look at the design changes Apple is planning for the 2022 iPhones, particularly the enlargement of the camera systems compared to the latest iPhone 13 series. The ‌iPhone 14‌ series will feature larger camera systems on the back, according to previous rumors...
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EU to Accuse Apple of Unfairly Blocking Third-Party Access to NFC Payment Technology on iPhone

Thursday April 28, 2022 5:03 am PDT by
Apple will be accused of breaking EU law by unfairly limiting access of its mobile payment system on iPhone to third-party service providers, such as PayPal and Venmo, according to the Financial Times, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, Apple will be accused of "unfairly blocking groups such as PayPal and leading banks from accessing its mobile wallet system"...
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Here's the Massive Kit Apple Will Send to Your House So You Can Fix Your iPhone

Wednesday April 27, 2022 6:00 am PDT by
Apple today announced that it has officially launched its Self Service Repair program, letting United States customers repair their iPhones from their homes. To do the repairs, Apple is offering a $49 rental kit that consists of all the tools needed to repair an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 lineup model and the third-generation iPhone SE, and possibly unexpectedly, the kit is rather large. On its ...
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Apple Launches Self Service Repair Program for iPhone

Wednesday April 27, 2022 5:05 am PDT by
Apple today announced it has launched its self-service repair program for the iPhone. Announced late last year, the program will let iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and third-generation iPhone SE users conduct certain repairs at home in the United States, with plans to launch in Europe later this year. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple says that genuine repair manuals...