Sami Fathi

Sami's an avid lover of writing, digging up news, and can double down on a variety of Mexican food. Sami's headlines have appeared on news aggregator Techmeme.

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Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak Discuss iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, Privacy, Shortcuts on Mac, and More

Saturday June 12, 2021 6:12 am PDT by
As is tradition, Apple executives Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak joined Daring Fireball's John Gruber in an episode of The Talk Show to discuss several announcements that Apple made over this weeks WWDC, including iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and a large focus around privacy. Federighi kicks off the conversation discussing the common architecture, now thanks to Apple silicon, across all of...
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Apple Asks Developers Whether They Would Attend In-Person WWDC Following Two Years of Digital Format

Friday June 11, 2021 11:16 am PDT by
As part of its annual survey given to developers at the end of WWDC, Apple is asking community members whether, following two years of the conference behind held in a digital format, they would be open to attending an in-person conference. Image Credit: Axel Boberg Due to the global health crisis, Apple has held its typically in-person Worldwide Developers Conference in an all-digital format ...
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Adobe Removing 'Photoshop Mix' and 'Photoshop Fix' From App Store on June 21

Friday June 11, 2021 10:47 am PDT by
After years of neglect, Adobe is removing its free "Photoshop Mix" and "Photoshop Fix" apps from the App Store on June 21, 2021. Adobe made the announcement in an update to its FAQ page for each of the apps. On the pages, Adobe says that both apps will be removed from the App Store on June 21, and advises users who used the apps to switch to using its "Photoshop Express Photo Editor," which...
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iOS 15 Reminders Gains New 'Smart List' Feature for Easily Filtering Reminders Based on Locations, Tags, and More

Friday June 11, 2021 4:23 am PDT by
In iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, Apple is expanding the features built into the stock Reminders app, which received a major overhaul in 2019. With the new updates shipping this fall, users will be able to create "Smart Lists" that corral reminders based on different filters, such as their location, due date, flag, priority, and more. With the new functionality, users can create...
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Apple Working on Redesigned iCloud Mail for Web

Friday June 11, 2021 4:00 am PDT by
Apple has begun testing a major redesign to the iCloud Mail experience on the web, bringing its webmail service more in line with recent design changes made in macOS Big Sur. The new design, currently in beta, reported first by 9to5mac, features a cleaner overall design and feel than the current public experience of ‌iCloud‌ Mail for the web. The current, soon-to-be previous version features...
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Apple TV+ Renews 'See' For Third Season Ahead of Season Two Premiere on August 27

Thursday June 10, 2021 11:23 pm PDT by
Apple TV+ has announced that season two of its popular original series "See" starring Jason Momoa will premiere on August 27, with new episodes releasing every Friday. The streaming giant also announced that it has renewed the show for a third season, Variety reports. "See" follows Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, and Dave Bautista through a post-apocalyptic drama where a virus has cleared out...
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Microsoft xCloud Game Streaming Service Launching on Safari in a 'Few Weeks'

Thursday June 10, 2021 8:53 am PDT by
Microsoft has announced that following beta testing for a small group of users, it plans to launch its xCloud game streaming service on Apple devices via Safari "in the next few weeks." Microsoft has been attempting to launch its game streaming service, which allows users to stream games from the cloud rather than store them locally on the device, on Apple's platforms for some time....
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iOS 15 Lets Developers Hide Sensitive Information in Widgets on the Lock Screen Until iPhone Is Unlocked

Thursday June 10, 2021 8:23 am PDT by
On iOS and iPadOS 15, Apple is adding new functionality to WidgetKit, introduced last year, that will allow developers to classify information deemed as sensitive in their widgets, meaning that specific information will only become viewable on the lock screen when the user unlocks their device. iOS 14 introduced completely redesigned ‌widgets‌ for the lock screen and Home Screen. While there...
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Dark Sky iOS App, Website, and API Now Scheduled to Remain Available Until End of 2022

Thursday June 10, 2021 7:34 am PDT by
Last year, Apple acquired the weather app Dark Sky, and shortly after its purchase, Apple shut down the app for Android. Despite the revamped iOS 15 Weather app taking heavy inspiration from Dark Sky, the weather's app standalone iOS app, web app, and API will remain available until the end of next year, compared to the end of this year, as previously planned. Dark Sky announced in an update ...
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FaceTime on iOS 15 Alerts You If You Try to Talk While Muted

Thursday June 10, 2021 7:10 am PDT by
The next time you try talking on a FaceTime call on iOS 15 with your microphone muted, iOS will provide you a subtle reminder to unmute your microphone so others can hear you. The new reminder, first spotted by The Verge, is part of a wider assortment of changes and new features coming to ‌FaceTime‌ with the release of ‌iOS 15‌, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey later this fall. Heightened by the...
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Apple to Offer Beta Versions of AirPods Pro Firmware for Developers

Thursday June 10, 2021 6:44 am PDT by
Apple says that starting at a future date, it will offer members of the Apple Developer Program access to beta versions of AirPods Pro firmware updates before they're released and shipped to the public. Apple made the announcement for developers on the downloads page where beta versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS are available. According to Apple, ‌AirPods Pro‌ firmware betas...
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Apple's Crowdsourced Find My Network Will Soon Help You Locate Your Lost AirPods Pro or AirPods Max

Thursday June 10, 2021 4:56 am PDT by
With iOS 15, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max will be able to tap into the Find My network, allowing users to locate their lost AirPods in the unfortunate event they get lost outside of nearby Bluetooth range. Users have always been able to locate their ‌AirPods‌ through the ‌Find My‌ app within Bluetooth range. Now, with ‌iOS 15‌, ‌AirPods Pro‌ and ‌AirPods Max‌ can tap into the ‌Find My‌ network to relay...
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Apple Lists 'M1X MacBook Pro' in YouTube Tags for WWDC Keynote Video

Wednesday June 9, 2021 7:19 am PDT by
Before WWDC, rumors largely driven by leaker Jon Prosser suggested that Apple would announce redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros during the conference. Those rumors, however, did not come to fruition. Interestingly, though, Apple lists "m1x MacBook Pro" as a tag for the WWDC keynote uploaded on YouTube. The tag, first spotted by Apple YouTuber Max Balzer on Twitter, is among other...
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Mini-LED Shortages Reportedly Delayed Production of Redesigned MacBook Pro Models

Wednesday June 9, 2021 1:26 am PDT by
A shortage of mini-LED components has reportedly been the cause of delays to the production of the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, according to a published report today by DigiTimes. Yesterday, DigiTimes provided a snippet of today's reporting outlining that shipments of the redesigned Apple silicon MacBook Pros are forecasted to begin in the third quarter of the year. According ...
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iOS 15: App Store Hides Screenshots of Installed Apps in Search Results to Improve Discoverability

Wednesday June 9, 2021 12:58 am PDT by
Apple on Monday previewed iOS 15 as the next major update to iOS, and already, despite the new software being in the hands of developers for just a few days, a plethora of hidden features continue to be discovered. One new hidden tweak is a change in behavior in the App Store, where now screenshots for already installed apps are hidden in ‌App Store‌ search results. The new change, spotted on ...
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iPhone Apps on iPadOS 15 Now Run in Landscape

Tuesday June 8, 2021 9:46 am PDT by
As spotted on Reddit, iPhone apps running on iPadOS 15 now run in landscape orientation rather than in portrait, as previously on iPadOS. This means that popular apps such as Instagram that have yet to release a native iPad app can run in landscape mode, with black bars on either side. Users can continue to use the app in portrait mode if they wish, but the default has been switched to...
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Apple Announces ShazamKit to Enable Audio Recognition in Third-Party Apps, Even on Android

Tuesday June 8, 2021 9:13 am PDT by
Apple has announced that it is opening up Shazam, the audio recognition app purchased in 2017, to third-party apps, even on Android, enabling them to use Shazam's powerful technology to identify audio. Over the years, Apple has been integrating Shazam more tightly into the core iOS experience. With iOS 14.2 earlier this year, Apple added a Shazam toggle to Control Center, allowing users to...
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iOS 15 Can Automatically Add and Remove Widgets to a Smart Stack

Tuesday June 8, 2021 8:16 am PDT by
On iOS 14, Smart Stacks for widgets allow users to stack different ‌widgets‌ on top of each other and then allow iOS to display the most relevant widget depending on the time of day, location, and more. On iOS 15, Apple is taking Smart Stacks even further with Widget Suggestions, which automatically add and remove ‌widgets‌ in a Smart Stack depending on context. For example, if a user has an...
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1Password Teases Safari Web Extension Already Working on iPadOS 15

Tuesday June 8, 2021 7:43 am PDT by
With the introduction of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Safari extensions that previously only worked on the Mac can also run on the iPhone and iPad. While the feature won't be widely available until the fall when the new updates roll out to the public, 1Password, a popular password management app, has already teased a functional Safari extension on ‌iPadOS 15‌. Shared by 1Password developer Andrew...
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Safari on iOS 15 and macOS Monterey Automatically Upgrades Web Connections to HTTPS on Compatible Sites for Improved Security

Tuesday June 8, 2021 7:13 am PDT by
On iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, Safari will automatically upgrade web connections for sites to the HTTPS protocol, in the case they're loaded in HTTP. The new feature largely went unnoticed during the WWDC keynote, but it is highlighted on the ‌macOS Monterey‌ and iOS/‌iPadOS 15‌ feature pages. Apple says that Safari now "automatically upgrades sites known to support HTTPS from...