Apple 5K Retina wallpapers for iMac, iPhone, and iPad

By , Oct 19, 2014

iMac 5K Screen Wallpaper

Late last week, Apple announced new iPads, a Mac Mini upgrade, and their largest Retina display, the new 5K iMac. The Retina iMac marks a new standard in desktop graphics. While many current displays offer a 4K standard, Apple takes things one step farther by adding an additional 1,000+ pixels in both directions to offer the crisp experience.

Although the wallpaper from Apple’s iMac webpage is not populated in the current Yosemite build, it may only appear for Apple iMac 5K Display models. In an effort to release this incredible image to the masses, our good friend Jason Zigrino worked a little magic to pull this official wallpaper download directly from Apple.

Wallpaper

Below are links to the 5K wallpaper, tailored for your devices! In an effort to provide a full range of coverage, @JasonZigrino reformatted the 5K wallpaper across all devices and their native resolutions. You can find the links below, except the true 5K image. As the true Retina wallpaper is so large, you will need to download it as part of Jason’s Deviant Art Zip File, which also includes all of the images.

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iOS: iPad; iPhone 5/s; iPhone 6/ 6 Plus

Desktop: 1440 x 900; 2560 x 1440; 2880 x 1800

Zip File (includes true 5K image at 5241 x 2948)

Submitting

To submit wallpapers for the Wallpapers of the Week section, make sure they are formatted for a dedicated iOS device! We like checking out all of the wallpapers on a weekly basis, but this section could not continue without your support! Find me on Twitter @jim_gresham for your submission, or to see other images I find on a reoccurring basis.

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  • Jason Baroni

    Does anyone have the new iPads Air and mini wallpapers? Those look pretty interesting. I couldn’t find any of them so far…

    Thanks!

    • Stijn

      Check out my twitter: @stijn_D3SIGN , I have tweeted 3 iPad Air 2 wallpapers

      • #Yussef van de Dag!

        Bedankt

      • Jeffrey

        Hey Stijn wil je me aub volgen op twitter dan kan ik je wat vragen stellen in DM, mijn twitter is @_Feuerstein

  • Ajax

    This picture is of a waterfall in Iceland called Skógarfoss.

  • Derp

    Lol Apple is just being different for no reason these days. 5K? So dumb. Apple is like, everyone is doing 4K so let’s do 5K just because. A dead format that won’t catch on. Nobody supports 5K and no one will. They will learn their lesson the hard way just like HD DVD did with Blu Ray.

    • Stop the hating because Apple has brought has brought 5K to the masses at the price of less than a 4K monitor. In fact what Apple has effectively done by making the 5K Retina iMac cheaper than a 4K monitor is force the price of these monitors down so that people will actually buy them making them more affordable for people like you and me to increase the 4K rollout around the world…

      • GuyWithTheThings

        Don’t forget that Apple actually invented something to power all the pixels of the display. I’m sure all upcoming 5K displays of similar size will have that in addition to the Samsung or Microsoft logo.

    • TheShade247

      Oh really, thats why surface and all new laptops have built in Blu ray/dvd drives right? Not.
      If some other company like “SAMESUNG” came up with this display in there products, i’m sure you wouldn’t say that.

    • TechLove

      You suck just like your logics. Apple chose 5k deliberately because the people who do REAL WORK like movie editing and other stuff need that resolution. If a person is editing a 4k movie on a 5k display, he will still have lots of pixels left for other tools, while editing the movie “pixel by pixel”.
      I don’t think i can explain this more simply.

      • GuyWithTheThings

        Oh, you’ll need to explain better than that if Derp is going to understand it…

    • GuyWithTheThings

      Ok, so the Quad HD displays on the LG G3 is pointless. You can’t discern more pixels on that display than on the 1080P display of the Note 3? :/

    • Quang

      Please look back and see when we have 1080p, Apple has 1440p iMac already. The old iMac has the resolution of 2560 x 1440.
      Apple just double the pixels to make the current 5K iMac (5120 x 2880). And that’s what Apple did for all retina displays.

      • scottrichardson

        Yup exactly – all to ensure the User Interface remains the same size as it does on standard iMacs. a 4K 27″ iMac would just be wrong. The UI would be too large.

    • Burge

      Nokia said something like this about the iPhone.

    • Matt

      Jealous much?

    • scottrichardson

      It’s about usability. It NEEDS to be 5K resolution to be an exact doubling of the 1440p image on 27″ displays to retain the same size user interface elements and text. If it was a 4K 27″ display, it would look like a 1920 x 1080 retina image, which would make all the UI too large. It’s not about Apple trying to be different with an obscure resolution. They’re trying to be different by caring about the user experience and maintaining a consistent UI size. You will see that when they release a ‘Retina’ 21.5″ iMac, that it will be 4K 3840 x 2160 which is exactly double the resolution of the existing iMac – again, to retain UI consistency. Peace.

    • Paid Commenter

      Samsung employee perhaps? 😉 Enjoy your plastic HD display.

  • David Gitman

    Damn! Looks amazing on my 5S!!

    • Anmol Malhotra

      HI bro 😉 Whatsupp?
      So you took my advice 😀 and still on 5s? 🙂
      Nice decision :p

      • David Gitman

        hahah yeah :DD

  • Guest

    I was going to download it, but the guy at the base of the waterfall kinda ruins it for me.

    • Use a healing brush tool of sorts to remove him then

      • Waleed

        this is for everyone who want the guy to be removed…

  • Guest

    I was going to download it, but the guy at the base of the waterfall kinda ruins it for me. Instead, I’m using a Yosemite wallpaper.

  • Rameez Khaliq

    Wallpapers

    • Benjamin Lopez

      They are all prety good. Ecxept the “Earth” one, which is awsome ! Thanks dude.

    • lemonhead

      thanks dude ! it’s actually pretty rare that I see good and original wallpapers these days…

    • leart

      Looks good

      • Andy Gostavo

        ios6 .. i miss it 🙁

      • Rameez Khaliq

        Wow ios 6

  • Framboogle

    More like “Wallpaper of the week”

    • GuyWithTheThings

      Every time man. Every time, you Framboogle my mind.

  • Guest

    Here! for those Complaining about that guy

    • Can you do one for the 1080p version?

      • TheShade247

        I tried, Disqus wouldn’t let me upload more more than 2mb file

  • TheShade247

    Here! for those complaining about the guy in the middle

    • Rameez Khaliq

      Thanks man

  • TheShade247

    Another

  • Rizwan Rasheed

    Is there a way to get photos found on iPhone 6 plus display unites in stores?

    • Tommy

      There is. Use airdrop. I’ve taken them myself 😛

  • Rares

    Does anyone remember this wallpaper?

    • John

      Actually… It’s this one..

  • Platy

    That guy in the middle is pretty annoying.

    They should have removed him from the picture during the keynote instead of that goat creature in the desert (sorry can’t remember exactly what is :P)

  • leart

    I would recommend those two for ipad

  • Merman123

    Here’s the wallpaper without the dude in the middle.

  • Guest

    Can someone edit out the person in the middle on the 1080p version? It would look so much better!

  • Can someone edit out the person in the middle on the 2560×1440 version? It would look so much better!

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Here are some more wallpapers for you guys. 🙂

  • MrJohnBlaze

    Love it

  • Andrew Roth

    How did he get them? Magic doesn’t really say anything…

  • MacGuru17

    That’s the beautiful Skógarfoss waterfall in Iceland! 🙂

    Takk fyrir!

  • Muhammad !

    My home screen and lock screen 😉

  • Jason Baroni

    Thanks a lot, boy! Do you have the mini one? I would rather ask you for the mini 3 wallpaper for the iPhone 5, if it wouldn’t bother you…

  • Gautham Sivakumar

    Do you guys realize that both “4K” and Apple “5K” is not real? Think about it, 1920×1080 is measured by the height, therefore, we call it 1080p. 1280×720 is 720p.

    So technically, 4k (3840/4096×2160) is 2160p. NOT actually four thousand pixels. Same thing with “5K” (5120×2880).

    It’s a marketing ploy.

  • Tommy

    Can any kind soul upload them here? I’m in China and Twitter is banned here 🙁

  • Tyler Smith

    looks amazing on all of my devices thank you so much!

  • Cezar

    I’m looking for this wallpaper ( owl ).

  • Tommy

    Thank you so much !

    • underlircs

      Sure thing!

  • Mukund Bhatla

    Thank you so much you saved a lot of browsing for me! Like the wallpapers a lot. Sad thing apple didn’t include them in 8.1

    • underlircs

      No problem. 🙂 I think Apple didn’t include them is because they only bought the rights to use the images in marketing and not for distribution.

  • BGN

    What about a wallpaper with an owl?

  • Jezy Jrr

    Does anyone knew where I can find this wallpaper?

  • Phixtit

    Who is the Photographer?

  • Really love the colors. 🙂