Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Prediction: A Chinese media outlet is reporting that Apple (AAPL) will launch new iPhone models during its usual fall window, GforGames notes. Sources tell Chinese web portal Tencent (TCEHY) that the iPhone 6 will be released on Sept. 19. According to the report, the iPhone 6 will come in 32GB and 64GB versions priced at 5,288 yuan ($846) and 6,288 yuan ($1,008). The report suggests that Apple will not offer a 16GB version of the iPhone 6. An earlier report indicated that German wireless provider Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) was bracing for the iPhone 6 launch on that date. Apple has launched new iPhones in late September since the debut of the iPhone 5 in 2012. Most analysts expect Apple to release two iPhone 6 models: one with a 4.7-inch display and the other with a 5.5-inch screen. Though reports earlier this year indicated that the larger iPhone had experienced production problems and would not launch until months after the 4.7-inch iPhone, a spate of recent rumors says that the larger iPhone will, in fact, launch alongside the smaller model this fall.
Complaint: During a presentation at the Cannes Lions festival in France, U2 frontman Bono took a shot at Apple for failing to properly highlight his (RED) non-profit, Billboard notes. Bono was on stage with Apple’s lead designer Jony Ive at the time. Apple has partnered with (RED) for years, putting the charity’s logo on iPad covers and raising a fortune for the (RED), which uses donations to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa. “One of the reasons it’s such a credit to have Jony Ive on the stage is because Apple is so [expletive] annoyingly quiet about the fact they’ve raised $75 million,” Bono told the audience. He pointed to the (RED) logo on his iPad cover, which is normally covered by the iPad when in use. “Nobody can see that. This is modesty run amok. This is the Apple way. They’re like a religious cult,” Bono observed. For his part, Ive appeared unperturbed by Bono’s critique, simply pointing out Apple’s long-standing relationship with (RED) and encouraged other companies to adopt the charity brand.
Required: Apple’s latest merger is currently under review by a major overseas regulator with a decision to be announced in July, Reuters notes. The European Commission says it will make a ruling on Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of the headphone maker and music streaming service operator — which was announced last month — by July 30. The European Commission has several options. The regulator may simply approve the merger. Alternately, it could demand that Apple agree to certain stipulations to avoid anti-competitiveness issues. If the European Commission decides that the deal could seriously limit competition, the EC could launch a full-scale investigation. Apple is currently facing investigations in Europe over its use of Irish tax laws to reduce taxes it pays in other European countries. A number of other U.S. companies are facing similar probes in Europe.
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