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.

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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Microsoft Launches Official ‘Cortana’ App for iOS and Android Devices

Microsoft today officially launched its virtual assistant Cortana as a downloadable app for iOS and Android platforms (via Business Insider). Similar to Apple’s Siri personal assistant, Cortana allows Windows users to set reminders, preview the weather, and answer basic questions thanks to integrated internet search abilities. Other Cortana for iOS and Android features include the following:

•Set and get location and time reminders across your PC and phone.

•Track packages, flights, scores, stocks, and other important info across your PC and phone.

•Use Cortana’s Notebook to view, edit and manage your interests

•Get information and answers to all kinds of questions. If you’re looking for it, Cortana can help find it.

•Have a little fun in your down time — ask anything, get jokes, and much more.

Microsoft detailed a few features for Cortana at Business Insider‘s Ignition Conference in New York City, including abilities like asking Cortana for help with your voice without having to open up the app. Unfortunately, most of those features won’t be available to iOS users due to certain developer restrictions that fence off Cortana from becoming fully integrated into iOS.

On the other hand, a few Android smartphones will gain a leg up on the iOS version of Cortana thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and start-up company Cyanogen, which runs a custom version of the OS on select Android devices. With Cyanogen software, Android users will have essentially all of the abilities Windows Phone users have over Cortana, including being able to speak to the personal assistant without opening up the separate app.

After some rumors and speculation earlier in the year, in May Microsoft confirmed that Cortana would be heading to non-Windows Phone platforms later this year. In November, the company opened up beta sign-ups for users to test out Cortana for iOS in a pre-release state.

Cortana for iOS is available to download now for free from the App Store [Direct Link].

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Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Mobile update for non-Insiders to Lumia 550, 950 and 950 XL

After Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.29 recently made its way to those on the Insider Preview program, the update has now begun rolling out to the Lumia 550, 950 and 950 XL for non-Windows Insiders. Read more…

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Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10586.29 now available to Lumia 950/950XL users

Microsoft’s Gabe Aul has announced that owners of the Lumia 950/950XL handsets will now be able to enroll in the Insider Program and install the latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build. Read more…

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Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview comes to Lumia 950, 950 XL and others next week

Microsoft will add support for four devices – including its new flagships – to its Windows 10 Mobile Insider Previews from „early next week“, and will also update its Windows Device Recovery Tool. Read more…

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Microsoft Store employees spread holiday cheer by by caroling in front Apple’s 5th Ave store

Microsoft Store employees from across the country gathered at Microsoft’s new flagship store in NY to celebrate the holidays by caroling. The message of peace and harmony was spread to neighbor Apple. Read more…

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