The band is said to have some sort of role in the new products Apple plans to announce. Rumors of U2's involvement in the iPhone 6 launch began a little over a week ago on Twitter and some Apple blogs, but this is the most credible report we've seen yet.
Some have speculated that U2 will launch a new album Tuesday. Others have said it will come pre-loaded on the iPhone 6. The New York Times report only says U2's new album is "connected" to the new iPhone.
U2 has a long history with Apple. In 2004, U2 and Apple collaborated on a special edition of the iPod for charity. Here's a photo of the band with Steve Jobs from that time: