We received a tip earlier today regarding a possible U2 and Apple tie-up for the iPhone 6. It seems to be mostly speculation at this point, but some local journalists claim that U2’s latest video shoot in Dublin last week starred a possible next-gen iPhone. They also claim the device will come preloaded with a U2 album:
U2's new album will come pre loaded on the iPhone 6... Expect a promotion onslaught from next Tuesday when it'll premiere on Dublin's 2FM
I’m not entirely sure that’s an iPhone at all in the image above and I can’t vouch for the sources, but the rumors caught my eye for a couple reasons. Of course U2’s past relationship with Apple and collaborations for the iPod and marketing campaigns is one thing, but in recent weeks we’ve received other tips regarding a U2 partnership. In addition, there have been rumblings in the U2 fan blog world about the band recently shooting a commercial for Apple that seem to originate from this blog post.
If the reports from local journalists keeping track of the video shoot in Dublin are to be believed, Apple could be planning to bundle a U2 album with at least one of its new iPhones and the band could debut its new single for that album on September 9. That’s the same date Apple plans to introduce its new iPhone models at a press event in Cupertino.
@U2ThreeChords The single will be out on the 9th - the phone doesn't get to shops right away, Takes time.
Back in 2006 Apple teamed up with U2 for a special edition iPod that featured content from the band and exclusive color scheme. The band and its music have also been featured in past iPod commercials following its earlier previous iPod collaboration, which adds slightly more weight to the rumors floating around.