Apple may have accidentally leaked new MacBook


Did Apple accidentally reveal a new MacBook?
Did Apple accidentally reveal a new MacBook?
Photo: Apple

Apple gave the world its first-ever peek inside Jony Ive’s super-secret design studio last night on 60 Minutes, but eagle-eyed Apple fans think the company may have revealed more than it intended.

During a very brief shot, taken during Apple’s weekly leadership meeting, a MacBook is seen in the background behind Apple’s general counsel Bruce Sewell that some speculate could be the upcoming 15-inch MacBook Pro.

See for yourself below:


The MacBook display behind Sewell looks larger than the new 12-inch MacBook. The body appears to be thinner than the current 15-inch MacBook Pro model, and the bezel’s margins look thinner than any model we’ve seen. It also sports a Saturn wallpaper that Apple’s been using to promote the iPad Pro.

It is an out-of-focus shot, though, so the most likely explanation is that it’s simply a regular space gray 12-inch MacBook.

It’s highly unlikely Apple just had a concept model 15-inch MacBook Pro lying around before the Charlie Rose interview, which would have been heavily controlled by Apple PR. The entire conference room is actually full of Apple’s current products. Everything from the Mac Pro to AirPort Express can be seen briefly in the background of the group interview.

Apple is currently planning to release a new MacBook Pro in mid-2016, with rumors claiming reveal dates as early as March or as late next spring’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

You can watch the CBS segment below to find more juicy Apple bites, or save yourself some time with Cult of Mac‘s 10 takeaways from the in-depth interview.

Update: As we suspected, the MacBook in question is indeed just a 12-inch MacBook. TechInsider was informed by an Apple spokesperson that the 60 Minutes segment does not reveal a prototype MacBook.

Via: Reddit

  • Wow. Jupiter wallpaper? Pretty sure that’s a glare from the lights…

    • Domnizkydesign

      its a glare. Beneath it is a picture of Saturn.

      • BoltmanLives

        Its ok fanbois don’t know the solar system

    • David Pfenninger

      Yeah, I see a glare and Saturn, but no Jupiter. And hard to see if that’s really a mythical MacBook or not. Looks like Cult of Mac has been fabricating a lot of clickbait articles lately.

      • ShitIconSays

        Lately? they have been doing this for a long time.

      • CelestialTerrestrial

        It looks more like an IPad Pro with a keyboard cover.

  • Definitely Saturn not Jupiter.

  • Geoffrey Stormzand

    Having been one of the people responsible for the products placed on that table, I can tell you that, no preproduction equipment was ever placed in the boardroom. That table is for currently shipping products. You might see a future MacBook in the design studio. But unless it was during an actual board of directors meeting, never in the boardroom, and then it would be presented differently. Too many people visit that room.

    • Someone check the Disqus admin portal for this guy’s IP. I have to know if this is legit or not

  • The Graz

    BB-8 Wallpaper?

  • bdkennedy11

    Whatever it is, it’s not a MacBook. The display has sharper corners and the bezel doesn’t match.

    • arrow2010

      Why would Tim Cook have the hated Surface? Got envy for the best hybrid on the market and just needed to try it? I don’t think that’s a Surface, that would be twizted!

      • bdkennedy11

        I don’t know. I Googled pictures of the Surface Book and that came closest to the picture above.

      • Edy Falcon

        It is definitely not the surface book, I really don’t think you even Googled a photo of it. The surface book is a much lighter grey than that and the keyboard in the above picture is darker than the aluminum body, the surface book’s keyboard is the same colour as the aluminum body.

  • jaffa99

    I think it’s a Dell XPS15, Apple probably have a few to copy ideas from.

  • digitaldumdum

    “Apple may have accidentally leaked new MacBook”

    Apple doesn’t accidentally leak anything.

  • Rackmaster

    What’s the display hooked up to the Mac Pro behind Charlie (at ca. 3:06)? It has an Apple base/stand. The bezel is wider on the sides than the top/bottom, and the bezel looks bigger than the one on a Thunderbolt display (which I think is the display on our right).

  • Looks just like any other Macbook.

  • Simon Nouws

    If only we would know someone who had the same software as the CSI crews, than we could have done some pixel enhancement tricks

  • TechBell

    Is this the next big thing? Possibly. It’s definitely on display in the conference room with some other products. Looks very slim; perhaps the next MacBook Air 13/15″?

  • Andy D

    Who cares!

  • Webworker

    Apple never accidentally leaks anything. Quite simple: If something is ever supposedly leaked from Apple it is surely an intentional leak to keep all the fans boiling.