Multiple Rumors Hint at U2's Possible Involvement in iPhone 6 Launch [Updated x2]

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Several rumors circulating today have suggested that Apple might be planning to somehow involve U2 in the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6. A tipster told MacRumors that the iPhone 6 will come preloaded with the new U2 album, and there's also been some unverified chatter on Twitter from reporters in Ireland pointing towards that possibility.

    Most of the rumors seem to come from a recent video shoot U2 did in Dublin, which was conducted in secrecy with "black sheets strategically placed to obscure what was happening from public view." Music promoter Stephen Browne managed to snap a blurry photo of the shoot, and he says the "focus of the 'video' on the bridge last week was a phone." It is impossible to tell what device is depicted in the photo, however, or if the shoot revolved around the iPhone.

    A U2 fan site pointed out by a Reddit user may also be a source of the rumors, as Julian Lennon, son of late Beatles frontman John Lennon and friend to U2, reportedly told the site "I think they are shooting an Apple commercial."

    According to CNET's Shara Tibken, it's also possible that Bono might be a "special musical guest" at Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 event on September 9. The event will be held at the Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino, and Apple is in the midst of constructing a massive structure on site.
    It is unknown what the structure is, but some have suggested it could be a stage. San Jose Mercury News interviewed a Cupertino resident who had been observing the ongoing construction and said "It looked like a sound stage going up for a rock concert behind Flint Center."

    Apple and U2 have had a long partnership, as Steve Jobs and Bono were good friends. Starting in 2004, Apple released several special edition U2 iPods, which included the band's signatures and U2's music. Apple has also been a longtime partner of (Product) RED, a charity founded by Bono.

    It is unknown if these whispers and hints of a U2 iPhone 6 tie-in and possible performance are accurate, but it appears to be a possibility given all of the circumstantial evidence. Apple has plans to debut its iPhone 6 on September 9, which is, coincidentally, the same day that the first single for U2's newest album is rumored to debut.

    Update: According to the Irish Independent, a U2 spokesperson has denied the rumors and speculation.
    Update 2: Irish Independent has pulled its article for unknown reasons.

    Article Link: Multiple Rumors Hint at U2's Possible Involvement in iPhone 6 Launch [Updated x2]
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2014
  3. macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Can't we have the celebrity nude photos instead?
  4. macrumors 68020

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    i hope these will be deletable... not part of the firmware or im gonna be pissed.
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    Is that what gets you going these days :rolleyes::rolleyes: ?
  6. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Is he there to announce the iCloud two factor authentication?
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010

    someone in this forum made the call and now we know what they are building for the event. a stage for friggin U2 :rolleyes:
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    i would rather have an iTunes credit and download the album that I want.
  9. macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2012
  10. HiRez, Sep 3, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2014

    macrumors 601


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I don't really understand why they would build an external stage with limited seating when the main Flint Center auditorium already has a large stage, and good acoustics. Still thinking that building they are constructing is a fake home for HomeKit demo.
  11. macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2013
    U2 need to go back to the 80s. Keynote wrecked.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    you have a better chance of seeing Santa Claus give the keynote :p
  13. macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    Oh God. No wonder the stock price dropped? U2? How out of touch are these guys. This didn't work the first time, so they decided to try it again. They might as well use Robin Leech, it wouldn't be any stupider.

    Tim Cook is an accountant.
  14. macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    No, but if given a choice between this and new U2 material, it's a no brainer. :eek::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::mad:
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    An album preloaded on the iPhone? What is this, Microsoft?
  16. macrumors member


    Jul 24, 2014
    LA, CA
    Thats (red)iculous.

    The typo was on purpose. Relax.
  17. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    What, of Bono?

    I think you have a problem.
  18. mwa
    macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2013
    Memo: A Slower Seesaw!
    Would love to see U2 collaborate again!

    Nude photos of Bono?

  19. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan
    I love lines like this in a rumour site article. They are so cute.
  20. macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2008
    Please no. Don't let this be the beginning of crapware on Macs.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    You have to tell how fast the Apple public relationship department moved at last time to hire U2 to distract the attention from that issue.

    Trust me... the U2 deal was planned overnight, when you have the billions everything is possible.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yes and you forgot the apostrophe in "That's"
  23. nando87, Sep 3, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2014

    macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2014
    Isn't U2 extremely outdated nowadays? For me, sure. It is very 2000 isn't it? I like some of their albums but they do not look like someone you would like to promote a new 2014 product at all

    BTW, I don't want to sound haterish, but this whole thing about music shows during the keynote + presenting an enormous phablet and a watch together doesn't sound familiar to you? REALLY??
  24. macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    If there is any type of music promotion it would be to justify whatever will be incorporated in the iPhone 6 based on the Beats deal.
    Some kind of exclusive deal so U2 next album would be only available at iTunes...first
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2014

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