In a "60 Minutes" story that aired Sunday called "Inside Apple," which featured interviews with company executives about current and future projects, there's one brief shot that appears to show a computer we've never seen before.
Here it is:
The mysterious computer is shown at the 3:10 mark of "Inside Apple: Part One." During this segment, "60 Minutes" host Charlie Rose is sitting in on Apple's executive team meeting, which occurs every Monday at 9 a.m.
The meeting shows several Apple executives, including Eddy Cue (VP of software and services), Jeff Williams (the new chief operating officer), Phil Schiller (VP of worldwide marketing), Angela Ahrendts (VP of retail), and others in attendance. The computer in question was shown behind Apple's general counsel Bruce Sewell.
It doesn't look like any Mac computer we've seen before.
With its dark gray keyboard and thin bezel, it looks somewhat similar to the new space gray 12-inch MacBook that debuted earlier this year, but the dimensions look different and the bezel looks noticeably thinner. It's possible this could be a new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro; we'd guess this is a 15-inch MacBook Air, given its apparent size and the fact that Apple is rumored to reveal a 15-inch MacBook Air in 2016, possibly as early as March but very likely in June for WWDC 2016.
Of course, it's also possible this computer is a fake, or a non-production model - Apple says it makes computers of all shapes and sizes in-house, even though many of those designs are left on the cutting room floor and never shipped out to customers. It could also be a trick of the light or a weird camera angle. That said, the computer in the background doesn't look like something we've seen before.
Update: An Apple spokesperson tells us the computer in the photo is the 12-inch MacBook (pictured right).
Perhaps '60 Minutes' filmed the computer at a strange angle, but others have also noticed the differences from the segment: the screen's width, its sharper corners, and a thinner bezel surrounding the display. We don't believe Apple would purposefully out a product that's still in development, either as a decoy or as a tease, and we don't believe it would be a mistake, either: that room was filled with Apple executives, some of the smartest people in the world, who probably would've noticed that prototype in the room. Still, we can't help but feel this computer looks different from the 12-inch MacBook.
See for yourself in the video below. The computer is shown at the 3:10 mark.