Sami Fathi

Sami is an Editor and news reporter at MacRumors that helps facilitate daily news coverage and operations. Sami is also MacRumors' social media manager and a co-host of The MacRumors Show.

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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Apple Introducing New App Store Ads to Help Users Discover More Apps

Friday July 29, 2022 11:12 am PDT by
Apple today announced it is expanding its offering of how developers can promote their apps on the App Store, helping developers expand their reach and making it easier to discover more of what the ‌App Store‌ has to offer. Until now, Apple has offered developers two ad opportunities on the ‌App Store‌: in the Search tab and within the Search results page. Both ad placements have been a...
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TikTok Trend Debunked: No, Apple Is Not Giving Away Free AirPods

Friday July 29, 2022 7:22 am PDT by
No, Apple is not giving away free AirPods, despite what you may be seeing on your TikTok "For You" page. In the last several weeks, hundreds of videos have spawned on TikTok claiming that Apple is giving away free AirPods replacement as long as you simply walk into an Apple Store and ask for a new free pair. The trend implies that "AirPods" users can walk into an ‌Apple Store‌, claim their...
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Apple's App Store Comes Under the Spotlight for How It Handles Fake Crypto Apps

Friday July 29, 2022 5:40 am PDT by
Apple's App Store is now coming under the spotlight for how it handles fake crypto apps that scam investors who think they're investing in real, legitimate cryptocurrencies. In a letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the chairman of the U.S. Senate on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Sherrod Brown, inquires about the steps Apple takes in vetting, reviewing, and removing crypto apps...
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Latest iOS 16 Beta Further Suggests Always-On Display Coming to iPhone 14 Pro

Friday July 29, 2022 4:10 am PDT by
A new detail found in the iOS 16 beta could be the latest indication that Apple is indeed planning to bring always-on display functionality to the upcoming high-end iPhones. As discovered by 9to5Mac, the latest ‌iOS 16‌ beta adds a new "Sleep" state to the default wallpapers found in ‌iOS 16‌. The new "Sleep" mode is a version of the wallpaper that is darker and more tinted, better suited to be...
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Apple Now Has 860 Million Paid Subscriptions Across Services

Thursday July 28, 2022 2:33 pm PDT by
Apple now has over 860 million paid subscriptions across all of its services, including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News, iCloud, and more, the company's chief financial officer Luca Maestri said today. Speaking during Apple's third-quarter earnings call, Maestri said Apple has over 860 million subscriptions, which is an increase of 160 million over just the last 12 months. Apple does not...
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Tim Cook Says Apple Will Continue to Hire Employees in a 'Deliberate Way' After Reports of a Slowdown in Hiring

Thursday July 28, 2022 1:50 pm PDT by
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said Apple will continue to hire employees but in a very "deliberate way," following reports that the company had plans to slow down its pace of hiring amid fears of an economic recession. “We are making deliberate decisions about where to invest our money, but we're continuing to hire, but we're just doing it in a very deliberate way," Cook said in an interview with Th...
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Apple Erroneously Sending iTunes Connect Email to Users

Thursday July 28, 2022 5:54 am PDT by
Apple is erroneously sending emails to users asking them to update their iTunes Connect banking information, but the users receiving the emails often have no content being distributed via the service. Users have flocked to Twitter to share their confusion over the email, which reads, "we're reaching out because your banking information in iTunes Connect is invalid and needs to be corrected...
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Apple Once Again Delays First Apple Store in India Until Next Year

Thursday July 28, 2022 5:06 am PDT by
Apple has once again delayed the opening of its first physical retail store in India, The Economic Times reports. The store was originally planned to open in 2021, but the global health crisis and economic uncertainty forced Apple to delay the opening. Now, Apple has decided to delay the launch until early 2023, with today's report saying the company is aiming for a launch between the...
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Meta Is in a 'Very Deep, Philosophical Competition' With Apple Over the Metaverse, Says Mark Zuckerberg

Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:42 am PDT by
Meta is in a "very deep, philosophical competition" with Apple over the future of technology and the metaverse, the social network's CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees in an internal meeting last month, reported by The Verge. It's no secret Meta and Apple have been competitors for several years, with the rivalry ramping up in recent years over privacy and the different approaches to user...
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Kuo: iPhone 14 Facing Quality Control Issues Over Rear Camera Lens Cracking, But No Disruptions Expected for Launch

Wednesday July 27, 2022 12:50 am PDT by
Apple is facing quality control issues with the rear iPhone 14 camera lens, causing some lenses to crack due to a coating, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today on Twitter. The issue has resulted in Apple reallocating iPhone 14 camera orders to a different supplier, helping mitigate the impact on device shipments later this fall. iPhone 14 Pro renders created by Ian Zelbo for Jon Prosser Kuo...
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Apple Had M1 Mac Pro Ready to Ship Months Ago, Mac Mini Redesign Unlikely

Tuesday July 26, 2022 7:49 am PDT by
Apple had a Mac Pro featuring the M1 Apple silicon chip ready to ship and launch to customers "months ago," but has ultimately decided to wait for the "M2 Extreme" ‌Mac Pro‌ later this year, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has revealed. In an interview with YouTuber Max Tech, Gurman said that Apple likely held off on the ‌M1‌ ‌Mac Pro‌ to wait for the more high-end and powerful version with the "‌M2‌...
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Apple Replaces Last Remaining Intel-Made Component in M2 MacBook Air

Tuesday July 26, 2022 3:17 am PDT by
In the M2 MacBook Air, Apple has replaced an Intel-made component responsible for controlling the USB and Thunderbolt ports with a custom-made controller, meaning the last remnants of Intel are now fully out of the latest Mac. Earlier this month, the repair website iFixit shared a teardown of the new ‌MacBook Air‌, revealing a look inside the completely redesigned machine. One subtle detail...
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China Places iPhone Production Site Under Seven Day Lockdown Ahead of iPhone 14 Mass Production

Monday July 25, 2022 4:13 am PDT by
An iPhone production plant in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen is being forced into a seven-day "closed loop" lockdown by Chinese authorities, alongside 100 other companies in an attempt to curb COVID-19 infections, Bloomberg reports. The "closed loop" system will mean only employees who live on-site will be able to work, blocking access from the outside and largely prohibiting anyone...
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Apple Chip Expert Leaves Company to Join Samsung

Monday July 25, 2022 3:40 am PDT by
A chip expert who worked for Apple for nine years has left the company to join rival Samsung, Business Korea reports. Kim Woo-Pyeong, according to the report, worked for Apple since 2014 after working for Texas Instruments and Qualcomm in prior years. The report is vague on what Kim's responsibilities were at Apple, only saying he was a semiconductor expert. Apple uses a wide range of...
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iPhone 14 Pro Rumored to Have 6GB of Faster RAM

Monday July 25, 2022 2:43 am PDT by
The iPhone 14 Pro and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max will both feature 6GB of RAM and a newer and faster type of memory, according to a report today from DigiTimes. ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ renders created by Ian Zelbo for Jon Prosser The report claims that the high-end models of the upcoming iPhone lineup will feature 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM, a faster and more efficient type of memory compared to older standards. Current ...
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Apple Launching iPhone and AirPods Discount in China Later This Week

Monday July 25, 2022 1:22 am PDT by
Apple is preparing to launch a rare bundle of discounts for the iPhone 13, iPhone 12, and the iPhone SE in China next week, alongside accessories such as the AirPods and the low-cost Apple Watch. The promotion will run from July 29 until August 1 and will apply to not only iPhone models but also the third-generation AirPods, the AirPods Pro, and the Apple Watch SE, according to a notice on...
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iPadOS 15.6 Fixes iPad Mini 6 Charging Issue

Wednesday July 20, 2022 7:41 pm PDT by
In an internal memo obtained by MacRumors earlier this month, Apple said it was investigating an issue where some sixth-generation iPad mini units may fail to charge after being updated to iPadOS 15.5. Now, the issue has been fixed with a software update. Apple today released iPadOS 15.6 with a fix for an issue where the sixth-generation iPad mini may not detect a charger or other USB-C...
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Kuo: Second-Generation Apple AR/VR Headset to Launch in 2025, Could Include More Affordable Option

Sunday July 10, 2022 9:05 pm PDT by
Apple plans to launch its second-generation AR/VR headset in the first half of 2025, likely featuring a more high-end configuration and a new affordable option, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today. Writing in his Medium blog, Kuo said the following: The second-generation Apple AR/VR may have high-end and more-affordable models, which will launch in 1H25, and component suppliers will...
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Apple Kicking Off Annual Company-Wide Apple Watch Fitness Challenge

Friday July 8, 2022 10:13 am PDT by
Apple employees this month will compete to close their Apple Watch rings in Apple's annual "Close Your Rings Challenge," meant to inspire employees to get up and move. The challenge, which kicked off July 1, lets Apple employees compete in teams of four to close their Activity Rings for the entire month of July. "Over the course of four weeks, compete for bragging rights, points and prizes...
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Apple Expands Revamped Apple Maps Experience to New Countries

Thursday July 7, 2022 9:15 pm PDT by
The revamped and improved Apple Maps experience is now live for users in France, New Zealand, and Monaco, according to ‌Apple Maps‌ enthusiast Justin O'Beirne. The new ‌Apple Maps‌ experience brings with it more accurate and faster navigation, improved imagery with three-dimensional landmarks and locations, and detailed views of roads, shopping malls, and more. On a related note, according to...