(left to right) The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr of U2.  Fifteen back catalogue U2 albums have re-entered the Irish iTunes albums download charts.  File Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

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Bookies have tipped Kate Tempest’s Everybody Down album to win this year’s Mercury Prize. Photograph: PA

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook with Bono during an Apple event in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Getty

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U2 will be appearing at the 10am (6pm Irish time) launch of Apple’s new iPhone 6 in Cupertino, California, with their new album being available for streaming exclusively on the phone. Photograph: Getty

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