Apple closes Beats deal; skepticism about October iPhone 6 report

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

"Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple (AAPL -0.1%) family," reads a message on Apple's site. A revamped version of Beats' site has launched in tandem with the announcement; its home page features a message with the title, "There's a new instrument in the Apple family."

Apple has already begun cutting overlapping jobs at Beats, which reportedly had 2013 revenue of $1.3B (likely at high margins). The acquisition of the Beats Music streaming service marks the first time Apple is offering an Android app, albeit one that doesn't feature the Apple brand for now.

Meanwhile, there's a fair amount of skepticism about a MacRumors report suggesting the iPhone 6 could go on sale on Oct. 14 (a Tuesday). The report cites an Apple Store employee who heard for a "senior Store Leader" that Oct. 14 will be an "immense" day for Apple, and that a media event is planned for Sep. 16 (also a Tuesday).

9to5 Mac notes iPhones typically go on sale on a Friday, 10 days after a Tuesday launch event. Thus, if the iPhone 6 is unveiled on Sep. 16, sales would most likely start on Friday, Sep. 26.

On the other hand, iPad launches have often happened in October, and 9to5 has previously reported Apple is planning an October event that will likely center around an iWatch/fitness band. It has also reported Apple is "tentatively" planning a mid-September iPhone 6 event.

Update: The WSJ reports Beats Music chief Ian Rogers will now also be in charge of iTunes Radio.