Sami Fathi

Sami is an Editor and news reporter at MacRumors that helps facilitate daily news coverage. Sami is also MacRumors' social media manager.

Sami has been reporting on Apple for the last three years and has a deep love for writing, being the first to break stories, and finding the next big exclusive scoop. Oh, and he can also double down on a variety of Mexican food.

Sami's work is regularly highlighted by news aggregator Techmeme and various other publications. Sami can be reached for confidential tips and connecting with sources on Signal at +1 408 600 1192 or Twitter @SamiFathi_ and Instagram @SamiFathiOfficial.

Sami Fathi's Articles

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5 Things to Know About the iPhone 14 Plus

Wednesday October 5, 2022 3:24 am PDT by
The iPhone 14 Plus is Apple's latest entry-level iPhone alongside the standard ‌iPhone 14‌, featuring a larger display, improved cameras, performance, and more. Announced last month, the ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus officially begins arriving to customers on Friday, October 7. Ahead of when the new ‌iPhone‌ is expected to begin arriving to customers, we wanted to highlight some possibly lesser-known facts...
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Popular Email Client Spark Gets Major Redesign For Mac, Moves to Subscription Model

Tuesday October 4, 2022 6:01 am PDT by
The popular email client Spark today announced a significant redesign for its Mac app, introducing new features to make it easier for users to manage their emails, reduce distractions, and have a more streamlined emailing workflow. Spark on the Mac now has an entirely new design that maintains the same elements as before, such as a unified inbox, but with new additional features. Now, the...
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Top Lightning-Based Apple Products That Must Switch to USB-C by 2025 for EU Sale

Tuesday October 4, 2022 4:54 am PDT by
Earlier today, the European Parliament voted in favor of enforcing a standard charger across all smartphones and a wide range of consumer electronic devices by the end of 2024, including new products released by Apple thereafter. The new rule will directly and most heavily impact Apple, which across a wide range of products, continues to use a decade-old port. Below, we've listed some of the ...
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You May Soon Need to Be a YouTube Premium Subscriber to Watch 4K Videos

Monday October 3, 2022 4:29 am PDT by
YouTube may make watching videos in 4K quality on the platform exclusive to only YouTube Premium subscribers, according to screenshots posted by users on Twitter and Reddit. On Reddit (1,2) and Twitter, some users have started to recently notice that on iOS, and presumably across other platforms also, YouTube is now saying that in order to watch videos in 4K, the user must be a paying...
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Apple Executives Talk About iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island in New Interview

Sunday October 2, 2022 10:48 am PDT by
In a new interview, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, and Apple's vice president of human interface design, Alan Dye, sat down to discuss the thinking behind the iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island and how it was developed. During the interview with the Japanese magazine Axis, Federighi, who oversees the development of iOS, said Dynamic Island represents the...
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Apple Investigating Apple Watch Series 8 and Ultra Microphone Issues

Friday September 30, 2022 2:54 pm PDT by
Apple has acknowledged that some Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra users may experience microphone issues, including when trying to use Siri, make a phone call, and more. Users have reported issues with their Apple Watch microphone becoming persistently unresponsive after some time, causing apps that rely on the mic to throw up errors and stop working entirely. In a new memo...
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Five Wallpaper Apps to Check Out for iOS 16's New Lock Screen Depth Effect

Thursday September 29, 2022 9:08 am PDT by
One of the biggest new features in iOS 16 is a completely redesigned iPhone Lock Screen. The new Lock Screen is entirely customizable, letting you change the colors and fonts, add widgets and new wallpapers, and more to make your ‌iPhone‌ uniquely yours. Of course, even before ‌iOS 16‌, you could customize your Lock Screen with a wallpaper of your choice. ‌iOS 16‌ takes the Lock Screen wallpaper...
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Tim Cook: Not Too Long From Now, You'll Wonder How You Led Your Life Without AR

Thursday September 29, 2022 7:26 am PDT by
Speaking at Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Naples, Italy, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that not too long from today, people will wonder how they led a life without augmented reality, stressing the "profound" impact it will have on the not so distant future. At the university, Cook was awarded an Honorary Degree in Innovation and International Management and also sat down for a...
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Apple's Website Suggests iPhone 14 Plus Was Originally Going to Be Named 'iPhone 14 Max'

Thursday September 29, 2022 3:57 am PDT by
Newly discovered references to the iPhone 14 Plus as "‌iPhone 14‌ Max" on Apple's website suggest this was the name originally intended for the low-end 6.7-inch device before the company changed its mind at short notice. As spotted by the Dutch blog iCreate, in two instances on the company's website, Apple refers to the ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus as the "‌iPhone 14‌ Max." Firstly, in a support document that ...
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iOS 16.1 Beta 3 Lets You Preload In-App Content After Installing Apps So They're Ready to Go

Wednesday September 28, 2022 7:31 am PDT by
In the latest iOS 16.1 beta, Apple has added a new toggle to the App Store's settings that allows apps to automatically begin downloading their in-app content after they're downloaded and before a user launches them for the first time. "Automatically run apps in the background to download content before you first launch them," the description of the toggle says. With the new option enabled,...
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Apple Looking to Make Its AR/VR Headsets More Immersive With Sharper Displays

Wednesday September 28, 2022 6:59 am PDT by
Apple is looking to make its future generation AR/VR headsets more immersive by increasing the sharpness and quality of the displays used in the products, according to a report from The Elec. Concept render based on purported leaked information by Ian Zelbo According to the report, Apple is asking Samsung Display and LG Display to produce displays with 3500ppi (pixels-per-inch), an increase...
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Apple Updates iPad Mini 6 Battery Replacement Policy to Substitute Battery Only, Not Entire Device

Tuesday September 27, 2022 4:40 am PDT by
Apple is rolling out a new policy for the sixth-generation iPad mini that will allow customers to get their batteries replaced without being given a replacement device. Currently, if an iPad customer wants to get their battery replaced, Apple Stores, authorized service providers, and repair centers will give those customers a replacement device instead of simply swapping out the battery in...
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Some iOS 16 Users Continue to Face Unaddressed Bugs and Battery Drain Two Weeks After Launch

Monday September 26, 2022 7:34 am PDT by
Today marks exactly two weeks since Apple released iOS 16 to the public. Besides the personalized Lock Screen, major changes in Messages, and new features in Maps, the update has also seen its fair share of bugs, performance problems, battery drain, and more. After major iOS updates, it's normal for some users to report having issues with the new update, but such reports usually subside in...
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Verizon iPhone 14 Pro Customers Reporting Cellular Connection Issues

Monday September 26, 2022 6:23 am PDT by
iPhone 14 Pro customers on the Verizon network in the U.S. are reporting issues with slow and unreliable 5G cellular connections and calls randomly dropping. Several threads on Reddit (1,2,3) and the MacRumors forums chronicle issues faced by Verizon customers and Apple's latest iPhone. According to user reports, signal strength on the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ is unreliable and weak, while other...
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iPhone 14 Pro: Using Custom App Icons Now Less Annoying Thanks to Dynamic Island

Monday September 26, 2022 2:35 am PDT by
As a means to customize their iPhones, many users want to use custom app icons on their Home Screen. iOS itself doesn't offer a native option to easily change and use custom app icons, but thankfully, the new iPhone 14 Pro and Dynamic Island make it easier to use a workaround to do just that. One of the most popular ways users have used custom app icons on iOS is with Shortcuts. Using the...
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Apple Begins Manufacturing iPhone 14 in India

Monday September 26, 2022 12:43 am PDT by
Apple has begun manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India, the company has confirmed in a statement, with locally made models expected to be sold later this year. In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple said it is "excited to be manufacturing ‌iPhone 14‌ in India," just a few weeks after its launch. In the past, India has served as the production hub for older-generation iPhone models, while its...
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YouTuber Tests Apple Watch Ultra Durability With a Hammer: Table Breaks Before the Watch

Sunday September 25, 2022 2:27 pm PDT by
A YouTuber has put Apple's claims for the durability of the Apple Watch Ultra to the test by putting it up against a drop test, a jar of nails, and repeated hits with a hammer to test the sapphire crystal protecting the display. TechRax, a channel popular for testing the durability of products, first tested the ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌ by dropping it from around four feet high. The Apple Watch...
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Six Major Products to Expect From Apple in 2023

Sunday September 25, 2022 10:57 am PDT by
As we approach the end of a busy product release season for Apple with only new iPads and Macs left to be announced over the next month or so, we're also setting our sights on 2023. Apple is rumored to have several major products in the pipeline for next year, including new Macs, a new HomePod, a VR/AR headset, and so much more. Other than new iPhones and Apple Watches, which are expected...
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AirPods Pro 2 Users Report Issues With Connection Randomly Dropping

Sunday September 25, 2022 9:17 am PDT by
Some users of the second-generation AirPods Pro are reporting ongoing issues with their brand-new earbuds randomly disconnecting from their devices as they listen to music or watch videos. The reports can be found in the MacRumors forum as well as from readers of MacRumors who have reached out to us directly. Symptoms can also include an iPhone or iPad showing the ‌AirPods Pro‌ as connected,...
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Report: 'Apple Pay Later' Likely Delayed Until Spring 2023 With iOS 16.4

Sunday September 25, 2022 7:34 am PDT by
Apple Pay Later, an upcoming service from Apple that will let qualifying U.S. customers split a purchase into four equal payments over six weeks, is reportedly being delayed until 2023 due to technical engineering challenges. Announced at WWDC in June, Apple has said that ‌Apple Pay‌ Later will be "coming in a future update" to iOS 16, but the company has not provided a specific timeframe. Blo...