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.

Sami Fathi's Articles

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Third-Generation AirPods Require iOS 13, Drop Support for Older iPhones, iPads, and iPods

Monday October 18, 2021 2:12 pm PDT by
The new third-generation AirPods drop support for older iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models previously supported by the second-generation AirPods. According to Apple's specifications page for the new AirPods, the third-generation AirPods do not support the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the iPhone 5s. They also drop support for the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 alongside the sixth-generation...
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macOS Hides the Notch on New MacBook Pro in Full-Screen Mode

Monday October 18, 2021 1:49 pm PDT by
The new MacBook Pros, for the first time in a Mac, feature a notch. While some have been quick to criticize Apple's design choice, it turns out that the notch may not be entirely visible in day-to-day use when using apps in full screen, as when macOS apps are in full-screen mode, it essentially disappears. According to Apple's marketing material, when macOS apps are in full-screen mode,...
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New 16-Inch MacBook Pro is Thicker and Heavier Than Previous Generation

Monday October 18, 2021 1:03 pm PDT by
Apple today announced completely redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that in the case of the 16-inch model is unsurprisingly thicker and heavier than the previous generation. Apple announced a new 14-inch model that replaced the high-end Intel 13-inch MacBook Pros. Given the larger screen, it's not fair to compare the two models. What is fair game, however, is to take a look at ...
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Apple Removes References to Original HomePod From Website, Months After Discontinuation

Monday October 18, 2021 12:07 pm PDT by
Apple has removed all references to the original, full-sized HomePod from its website, months after officially discontinuing the smart speaker that struggled to reach mainstream adoption. The removal of references to the original ‌HomePod‌ came as a result of brand new changes to Apple's website. With the new changes, Apple now only highlights the HomePod mini, which now comes in brand new...
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Apple Restructures Website, Separates AirPods and 'TV & Home' Into Their Own Sections

Monday October 18, 2021 11:40 am PDT by
As part of a number of new product announcements and updates today, Apple restructured its website to more prominently highlight AirPods as their own product category, while creating "TV & Home," "Only on Apple," and a new "Accessories" tab. The new menu bar looks considerably more crowded than before but highlights Apple's shifting strategy to focus on the ‌AirPods‌ separately from its TV and ...
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New MacBook Pro Features 120Hz ProMotion Display Similar to iPad Pro

Monday October 18, 2021 11:25 am PDT by
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models both feature ProMotion technology, allowing the display to run at as high as 120Hz, down to low as 24Hz, similar to the iPad Pro. The iPhone 13 Pro, which brought ProMotion to the iPhone for the first time, supports a refresh rate as low as 10Hz, and as high as 120Hz. The new MacBook Pros include the same display technology as the high-end...
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New MacBook Pro Supports Up to Two External Displays With M1 Pro Chip, Up to Four With M1 Max Chip

Monday October 18, 2021 11:11 am PDT by
Apple's newly announced high-end chip for the new MacBook Pro, the M1 Max, can support up to three Pro Display XDRs and a fourth 4K TV display all at the same time, a significant jump in support compared to the single display support that the ‌M1‌ chip provided. The ‌M1‌ Pro chip supports up to two Pro Display XDRs alone, while the higher-end ‌M1‌ Max chip extends support to an additional Pro...
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Apple Releasing macOS Monterey on October 25

Monday October 18, 2021 10:55 am PDT by
Following months of developer and public beta testing, Apple today announced that macOS Monterey will officially launch on Monday, October 25. ‌macOS Monterey‌ maintains the same design as macOS Big Sur but includes several enhancements across the system. ‌macOS Monterey‌ consists of a completely redesigned Safari, Shortcuts for the Mac, Quick Note, and Universal Control, which will be coming in ...
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Apple Announces Redesigned Third-Generation AirPods

Monday October 18, 2021 10:12 am PDT by
Apple today announced the third-generation AirPods, featuring an updated design, improved sound quality, and more. The new third-generation ‌AirPods‌ builds on features such as Spatial Audio in Apple Music, iOS 15's Conversation Boost, and more. The new ‌AirPods‌, as rumored, features a design similar to the AirPods Pro but without silicone eartips or Active Noise Cancelation. The new ‌AirPods‌...
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Online Apple Store Goes Down Ahead of 'Unleashed' Apple Event

Monday October 18, 2021 4:00 am PDT by
Apple's online storefront has gone down ahead of the "Unleashed" event taking place later today, where brand new MacBook Pros are expected to be announced. The new MacBook Pros will be the first major redesign to the most high-end MacBooks in years. Featuring the next-generation Apple silicon, a brand new design, additional I/O, and a mini-LED display, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook...
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'M1 Pro' and 'M1 Max' Chip Names Appear in App Log Ahead of Monday's Apple Event

Sunday October 17, 2021 6:23 am PDT by
A little more than 24 hours until Apple's much-awaited launch of redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, new evidence has emerged suggesting that Apple may be calling the chips that power the upcoming Macs "M1 Pro" and "‌M1‌ Max." The new MacBook Pros will be powered by the next generation of Apple silicon, featuring up to 10 CPU cores, with eight high-performance and two energy-efficient ...
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Intel Tweet Asking Why Former Mac Users Switched to PC Backfires

Friday October 15, 2021 5:39 am PDT by
Ahead of Monday's Apple event, which is expected to include the much-awaited launch of brand new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros, Intel is continuing its long-running campaign to try and convince Mac users to switch to Intel-based PCs. Last week, Intel released a video as part of its PC vs. Mac campaign that featured "Apple fans" introduced to different Intel computers and all of their features. ...
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Over The Last 14 Years, iPhone Prices Have Gone Up More Than 80%

Thursday October 14, 2021 6:38 am PDT by
Since its launch in 2007, the price of the iPhone has gone up more than 80% around the world, according to a new study that looked at ‌iPhone‌ prices all over the world and their increase and decrease over the years. According to the study conducted by Self, since its launch in 2007 and subsequent annual upgrades, the price of iPhones has increased more than 80%, now costing over $400 more on...
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New Image Offers Clearer Look at Apple Watch Series 7 Screen Size Compared to Series 6

Thursday October 14, 2021 2:27 am PDT by
The Apple Watch Series 7 officially hits the shelves and starts arriving with customers worldwide tomorrow. While we have seen media reviews of the new watch, we've yet to see a clear real-world comparison to last year's Apple Watch Series 6 until now. Apple says the new ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ features a 20% larger screen than the Series 6, primarily thanks to reduced bezels that allow the...
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Apple Suppliers Refute Report Claiming iPhone 13 Production Being Lowered Due to Chip Shortages

Wednesday October 13, 2021 7:14 am PDT by
Apple's suppliers have refuted a report suggesting that due to the ongoing chip shortage, Apple has cut production orders for iPhone 13 models by as much as 10 million units for 2021. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that due to the chip shortage, Apple had informed suppliers about cutting ‌iPhone 13‌ production by as much as 10 million units for the remainder of the year. The news caused a drop...
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Redesigned AirPods Expected to be Announced During Monday's 'Unleashed' Apple Event

Wednesday October 13, 2021 2:02 am PDT by
After their lack of appearance at Apple's September event, updated third-generation AirPods can be expected to be unveiled during next week's "Unleashed" Mac-focused event, according to a leaker. Rumors had initially indicated that the new ‌AirPods‌ would ship alongside the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 announcement last month, but the new earphones failed to materialize. ‌AirPods‌ are best ...
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Sketchy Report Claims Apple Working on Redesigned Apple TV With Thinner Design and 'Plexiglass' Top

Tuesday October 12, 2021 3:15 am PDT by
Apple is working on a redesigned Apple TV box that will feature a flatter, thinner footprint, and a "plexiglass" top, according to a questionable report from iDropNews. The report, citing "sources," claims that an ‌Apple TV‌ with a thinner and flatter design is in the works, eliminating the "horribly outdated and bulky" design of the current generation ‌Apple TV‌. According to the sketchy...
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Apple Discontinues Apple Watch Series 6 as Series 7 Pre-Orders Begin

Friday October 8, 2021 7:03 am PDT by
The Apple Watch Series 6, introduced by Apple in September of last year, has been discontinued following the launch of the new Apple Watch Series 7. Following pre-orders of the ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ opening up earlier today, Apple has removed the Series 6 from its website, no longer offering it to purchase for customers. The ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ replaces the Series 6 and now leaves the Apple...
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Google Executive Wants to Help Apple Make Texts Between Android and iPhone Users More Secure

Friday October 8, 2021 2:03 am PDT by
A Google executive is extending an open hand to help Apple adopt RCS, a new communication protocol called Rich Communication Services to iPhone and iPad, that would replace standard SMS and offer improved cross-platform messaging capabilities. In a tweet, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's senior vice president of Android, said that "group chats don't need to break this way," referring to a...
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With Pre-Orders Open in Less Than 24 Hours, There's Still a Lot We Don't Know About the Apple Watch Series 7

Thursday October 7, 2021 8:19 am PDT by
Pre-orders for the new Apple Watch Series 7 open in less than 24 hours. Despite that, Apple has still not shared basic information that customers would logically need ahead of pre-ordering any product, including information as fundamental as pricing. The ‌Apple Watch Series 7‌ has been shrouded in a cloud of mystery ever since its announcement at Apple's event last month. At its announcement,...