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Apple Confirms 12-Inch MacBook Shown on '60 Minutes' as Fake 'iPhone 7' Video Surfaces

Apple has confirmed to Tech Insider that the notebook pictured behind Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell during the 60 Minutes special Inside Apple is the 12-inch MacBook released in April, debunking some users on Reddit and social media who speculated the notebook could be an ultra-thin MacBook Pro.

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12-inch MacBook pictured behind Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell (Image: CBS)

The chances of Apple leaving an unreleased MacBook in plain sight for a national TV program were slim to begin with, especially in a room full of Apple's top executives. In a later segment, Apple even covered desks in its secretive design studio so that cameras could not capture what the company is working on next.

The rumor mill is also abuzz after a fake "iPhone 7" leaked video circulated on social media this week. The sketchy video, spotted by French website Nowhereelse.fr, falsely depicts an alleged Foxconn employee handling a purported next-generation iPhone prototype that seemingly lacks a home button.


The staged video from "ViralVideoLab" shows a metallic device with an Apple logo, but it is noticeably thicker than the iPhone 6s and includes regulatory markings that are questionable for such an early prototype. The prototype more closely resembles an HTC One M9 with thin bezels along the top and bottom of the screen.

Foxconn has been the source of iPhone leaks in the past, including the iPhone 6 rear shell and dimensions, but it is unlikely Apple has provided the supplier with an assembled "iPhone 7" prototype over nine months ahead of its expected release. No other physical components for the next-generation iPhone have leaked to date.

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Tag: 60 Minutes


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8 months ago
I don't believe them.

It's got to be the PowerBook G5!
Rating: 30 Votes
8 months ago
Nice touch having the guy fondling the phone getting caught at the end. Wouldn't the guy shouting at him have been speaking Chinese though...?
Rating: 18 Votes
8 months ago
I REALLY REALLY REALLY don't care about thinner anymore. Just give me better battery life and I'll love you long time!
Rating: 15 Votes
8 months ago
I own a 12" Macbook. That is definitely not a 12" screen behind him.
Rating: 13 Votes
8 months ago
I'm more surprised Macrumors has an article on a rumor again for once
Rating: 12 Votes
8 months ago
Even if it was a new model what would that even tell us? It will have a keyboard, a screen and look like a laptop... Mind blown.
Rating: 9 Votes
8 months ago
such a quick response from Apple. Something's fishy
Rating: 9 Votes
8 months ago
Here is my 12" MacBook.


Rating: 7 Votes
8 months ago
No way in hell is this a 12" MacBook. do they think we're stupid? This is a 15" screen (at least).
Rating: 5 Votes
8 months ago
The bezels and the screen ratio (4:3) (16:9) ? ... Naaaaa Apple Guy. Those 2 a not the same. Almost looks like the screen is detachable on the other computer...

Rating: 5 Votes

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