The iPhone 6 to come pre-loaded with U2's new album, band to play September 9 keynote?

The iPhone 6 to come pre-loaded with U2's new album, band to play September 9 keynote?
Apple's keynotes always feature live music performances of some kind, and this year's keynote looks to be just as special as the product it's going to launch. Multiple sources claim that long-standing rock act U2 is collaborating with Apple and director Mark Romanek to shoot either a music video or a commercial related to the upcoming iPhone 6, and in addition, the iOS flagship will come pre-loaded with the band's upcoming album.

The claims seem quite consistent, as one source reported that an iPhone-related video was being shot on the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Ireland. An eBay employee by the name of Stephen Browne went to check out the action and managed to snap a photo of an actor holding what could very well be an iPhone 6. The employee reported that the "focus of the video on the bridge was a phone". He also cited "tight security" obstructing his camera, despite that nobody from U2 was said to be on the scene.

The cavalcade of sources continues with Julian Lennon, a friend of Bono's, telling U2 fans in Spain that the band is shooting an ad for Apple. Add several Irish music journalists, including Bryan MacDonald, claiming that the new U2 record is shipping on the iPhone 6, and you've got too many clues to dismiss these claims as mere rumors. Finally, a Cupertino resident reported that a concert stage was being built outside Flint Center, the venue where Apple will present on September 9. Well, U2 probably won't be bringing its humongous 360 stage to Cupertino, but who knows, it's a big event!



Although U2 frontman Bono once likened Apple to "a religious cult", band and company seem to be rolling on good terms. The last time they collaborated musically was way back in 2004, when a special U2 edition of the iPod Classic launched, preloaded with exclusive content. Ten years later, it looks like something similar might be happening as we speak!


via Business Insider
Samuel Beckett Bridge photograph by Daniel Stockman

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24 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The leaks continue. Apple has to refocus attention on the iToys, what with all that is a-happening in Berlin.

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Ughh U2???

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I like U2, but this does sound like an April Fool's joke... in September.

3. Nkolsen

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

OMG i have to bail out on android, now that the iphone 6 comes with U2 preloaded....OMG totally game changer....

4. SamDroid unregistered

You wouldn't believe how true that is for many people out there...

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Your statement makes me sad.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll erase it too. It'll take up too much storage.

14. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

Dark.. like the note 4s? which one are you gonna choose? the standard or the edge?

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I like the standard, but I gotta check the edge out in store. I was leaning towards keeping my N3, but the hands on N4 vids I've seen won me over. N4 and ip6

6. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 2013

cant wait! bring out the beast!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Think they'll show a 5.5 in. model?

15. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

hmmm.. my heart says yes & my head says no.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same for me.

8. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

So that's their new feature now? Coming loaded with a music album?

9. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Forget the Packaging, iphone 6 is DOA

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Except for the millions upon millions of units it'll sell, the high customer satisfaction raking it'll garner, as well as probably being the top seller of the year. Sure sounds DOA to me :D

23. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Definitely : Death of Android

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I thought that people stopped caring about U2 in the 90s. What's the point of preloading a band's album on a phone. No one in their right mind is going to make that the deciding factor in what phone to buy.

18. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Hmm, the Note 4 now has premium build, quad HD screen, fast charging, OIS camera...but that new iPhone 6, man, it comes with the new U2 album... Hmm, decisions, decisions...

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

U2 is awesome, but if their new album is made into an iPhone/iOS exclusive, I'll just be a dread pirate to obtain it. Arr.

19. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I actually fear there might come a day when music can actually becomes platform exclusives.

20. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Two things I don't much care for. I hope their phone is good though. Competition makes other manufacturers better.

21. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

People are complaining because they are giving away a free album with a phone. If you don't care for either than why you even coplain?

24. spo

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 25, 2009

I thought Apple was against bloatware. I hope I don't have to jailbreak the phone to delete the album.

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