About Jim Gresham

An avid Macintosh convert, Jim appreciates the fine, detailed, and progressive products Apple designs. He spent his younger years tinkering with computers, reading about technology, and watching Star Wars. Since 2008, he has worked on improving his Apple arsenal and spends his free time researching latest gadget trends, trying to find the next accessory or app for review. A native of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he enjoys the stiff crease on a well-ironed dress shirt and dons a bow tie on a regular basis. You can catch up with Jim on Twitter, or jim[at]idownloadblog[dot]com

Ocean wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

by Jim Gresham on Jun 28, 2015

The popular Wallpapers of the Week section strives to remain relevant throughout the year. Whether posting Apple Event wallpapers as the invitations are released seasonal favorites, we try to maintain chronological relevance, ensuring you have the latest and up to date images on your background.

Summer is in full session for the northern hemisphere and we are celebrating. After the summer solstice, the days start becoming shorter, but it marks the hottest time of the year. Try cooling off with a beautiful ocean wallpaper on your favorite iOS devices. Read More

 

Airplane wallpapers for iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Jun 21, 2015

The Wallpapers of the Week section continues to grown in popularity. In particular, wallpapers for WWDC 15, Apple Watch-inspired images, and new Macbook versions.

One trend in the section is having images that are chronologically relevant. Having just the right image on your device for just the right time of year seems harmonious in some way. Currently, it is travel season, at least in the northern hemisphere. People are taking time away from work to vacation or holiday. It is time to fly. Read More

 

Apple Music-inspired wallpapers for iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch

by Jim Gresham on Jun 14, 2015

Last week during WWDC 2015, Apple spent a majority of time launching Apple Music and the corresponding iTunes 13 for OS X. The service will not launch until June 30, but the new Music app logo is already available for download in the iOS 9 beta.

Inside you will find inspired wallpapers for iPad, iPhone and, for the first time, Apple Watch. This fall, watchOS 2 will allow users to set wallpaper images from a specified folder on the device. Start your collection today. Read More

 

Official OS X El Capitan wallpaper for iPhone, iPad, desktop

by Jim Gresham on Jun 8, 2015

Early today, along with iOS 9 and watchOS, Apple released an updated version of OS X to developers. Titled El Capitan, the new system has a flagship wallpaper.

Apple fans have come to expect these new flashy images on an annual basis and scramble to find copies. Thankfully, with a few connected and design-savvy friends, we strive to offer the images to everyone, regardless of having a developer account. Step inside for your goodies. Read More

 

The new official iOS 9 wallpaper for iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Jun 8, 2015

Earlier today, during Apple’s WWDC 2015 media event, the Cupertino company announced software updates to iOS, OS X, and watchOS. As with previous software updates, Apple always highlights a new title wallpaper for the announcement.

The iOS 9 wallpaper, showed several times during the presentation, pictures the inner curl of a beautifully blue wave. Naturally, we already received requests for the image. Step inside for your reward. Read More

 

Fresh WWDC 2015 Wallpapers

by Jim Gresham on Jun 7, 2015

Tomorrow, Apple begins the annual Worldwide Developer Conference with a keynote that will be live streamed across le world. A long list of what-if’s shroud the conference this year, with little or no details about any upcoming features or releases. Of course, we expect updates to iOS 9, OS X, and potentially Watch OS. A new Apple Music service will most likely be launched, but less expected is a refresh to Apple TV and a new streaming media service. For full details, make sure to read through Cody’s expansive round up.

Celebrating the upcoming conference, we previously released a set of wallpapers that were inspired by the WWDC invitations. Today’s selection is a mixture that is inspired both by the invitation and the banners now hanging on San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Step inside to get your new images.

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Wallpapers shot on iPhone 6

by Jim Gresham on May 31, 2015

The iPhone 6 boasts Apple’s most impressive mobile camera to date. As part of the campaign to show off the newly developed technology, Apple created a “Shot on iPhone 6 World Gallery” on its webpage. The gallery includes many stunning photos of different subjects, three of which are highlighted in today’s Wallpapers of the Week section.

Last week, we also included two images taken from the iPhone 6 World Gallery. After receiving several requests via Twitter for additional images, I found the following on a Spanish site, Botgard. Step inside for the latest downloads. Read More

 

New Apple wallpapers: they work together beautifully

by Jim Gresham on May 24, 2015

This past week, Apple released a new store front image highlighting the Apple Watch and its ability to work harmoniously with the existing ecosystem. With an established set of avid Wallpapers of the Week readers, I received several messages on Twitter @jim_gresham, asking if I was able to grab the walls.

I was sent the original extraction by our buddy Jason Zigrino, but the image was too small to utilize for a photo quality wallpaper. As luck would have it, another designer you are familiar with was able to make a few modifications and give you a photo quality download.  Read More

 

Nature wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

by Jim Gresham on May 17, 2015

Every week, we aim to bring you fresh wallpapers for those beloved iOS devices. In an effort to provide quality images, the Wallpapers of the Week section is populated from walls we find scattered across the Internet, stumbled upon through Twitter, or submitted to me directly.

The majority of today’s selection is from quality work by @AR72014. He is always posting great stuff to his Twitter timeline, from original work to modifications of different content. Step inside for some of his latest. Read More

 

8-bit video game wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

by Jim Gresham on May 10, 2015

The oldies are the goodies, so they say. With nostalgia for the original games, 8-bit has become a niche genre that is still holding true for some retro style games and gamers. While the early days of Atari and Nintendo required 8-bit gaming, modern technology is very much past its blocky forebears. Yet, some modern classics stick to 8-bit roots.

Today’s Wallpapers of the Week selection features a mix of old and new. Where Mario is the classic 8-bit side scroller, modern games like Minecraft keep the spirit alive, although as a stylistic choice, not a technological requirement. Read More

 

Avengers wallpapers for iPhone, iPad and desktop

by Jim Gresham on May 3, 2015

In standard Wallpapers of the Week fashion, we try to maintain modern relevance. That means, keeping in touch with the big pop culture items of our time. One of the biggest comic book franchises released their newest installment of the Avengers series, Age of Ultron.

We are still in opening weekend, so a total box office number is currently unknown. However, it will certainly be a hit with lines waiting to get a ticket. What better way to get excited than deck your iOS devices with Avengers wallpaper? Step inside for an assortment of treasures.  Read More

 

Phiaton Chord MS 530 review

by Jim Gresham on May 3, 2015

While wearing my Apple Watch on week one, I kept feeling like something was missing. After listening to this week’s Let’s Talk iOS, Jeff clued me in. I was missing the music capability. It is somewhat surprising that Apple precluded Apple Watch from playing music through the speaker. Most likely, it is a move to conserve battery power and prevent a poor listening experience on such a small speaker.

Enter a renewed need or desire to have a good set of Bluetooth headphones. Coincidentally, I was contacted by Phiaton to review their Chord MS 530 headphones and happily accepted. The M-series headphones are known for bold styling with a modern appeal and high build quality. Having previously reviewed the Bridge MS 500 wired headphones, I was happy to take a look at the more robust, wireless and noise canceling older brother. Read More

 

Exclusive Apple Watch-inspired wallpapers

by Jim Gresham on Apr 26, 2015

This past week marks the Apple Watch release date, April 24, 2015. Although the date has come under fire, at least a few pre-orders were filled and May/June ship dates are seeing movement. Since the pre-order launch on April 10, Apple removed the April 24 date from the online Apple Stores and Angela Ahrendts released an internal memo all but confirming in-store sales are not going to happen until around June.

Inside, we have the single largest wallpaper selection in an iDB post. Thanks to some great work by Jason Zigrino and Efrain Roa, there are enough images in there to keep you busy while waiting for your device. There are images for iPhone, iPad, and desktop in a wide range of colors that will match any new Apple Watch you are hoping to have in your hands. Read More

 

Star Wars wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

by Jim Gresham on Apr 19, 2015

Star Wars Celebration ends today after a lot of stirrings in the Force. During the previous few days, both the newest Episode VII and Battlefront trailers were publicly released. Panels of cast members shared stories and hopes for the future, including classic cast members from Luke to Chewie to Leia and even the newest droid BB-8. Naturally, thousands of fans flocked to Anaheim for the occasion. If you want to follow along with the last day, make sure to download the official Star Wars Celebration app for either iPad or iPhone.

Following the renewed excitement for Star Wars after the event, we compiled a small list of Star Wars wallpapers. We have never highlighted Star Wars wallpapers in a past Wallpapers of the Week post for a simple reason: there are way to many to choose from. Consequently, this post is in no way an attempt to provide access to all of the best Star Wars wallpapers ever created. Merely, this post is a single entry in the much larger world of Star Wars walls. Read More

 

NomadClip adds carabiner-style charging to your pocket

by Jim Gresham on Apr 15, 2015

I travel a lot. Not necessarily on vacations mind you. I just mean, I’m out and about on a daily basis, gone for side family visits on the weekend, and fly on a somewhat regular basis. Consequently, my daypack is always stuffed with cables for my gadgets, iPhone, iPad, backup battery charger, Bluetooth headphones and the like.

Naturally, there is some overlap there with the Lightning cable, but sometimes you need to charge the iPhone and iPad simultaneously. More importantly, my daypack is made for lightweight daily stuff and every time I cram one more even small item, it gets filled. Thankfully, I’ve added Nomad’s NomadClip to the mix and I can store my charging cable on my belt clip, outside of the bag, and many other non-backpack locations. Read More

 

WWDC 2015 wallpapers: the epicenter of change

by Jim Gresham on Apr 14, 2015

Earlier today, Apple sent out invitations to their 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference to be held Monday, June 8 through Friday June 12. As with all previous WWDC events, it is safe to assume the five-day conference will begin with a kick-off press event and announcement.

In recent years, Apple used WWDC to show off and highlight major renovations to iOS and OS X. With the Apple Watch launch this spring, it is possible Apple may even highlight new opportunities for Watch OS, including native applications for the new flagship device.

Of course, to celebrate, we have included event invitation-inspired wallpapers to match “The epicenter of change” graphics. Step inside to see the handy work of our readers. Read More

 

This iPhone case protects you from wireless radiations

by Jim Gresham on Apr 14, 2015

Pong approached me to write a review of the new Pong iPhone 6 cases with the bold claim the case will prevent cell phone radiation from damaging the user. Of course, I have no way to judge this for myself. Consequently, the information in this article, not so much of a review, is from the information found on the Pong website.

Naturally, I was extremely curious to take a look. While I can account for the build quality, which appears to be very rugged and well formed, the remainder of the radiation conversation will reside on a summary of the details from Pong. With four US patents, why not put on my tin hat and take a look. Read More

 

Kenu Stance: a compact tripod for iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Apr 12, 2015

From the makers of the Airframe, which I also considered the ‘perfect’ travel companion for car mounts, comes the Stance. Like the Airframe, Kenu designed their newest gadget to be amazingly simple and solve a problem most iPhone users would love to solve.

Many times, I’m out and about, or even at home, and wish I could quickly find something to hold my iPhone in place. Whether FaceTime, Periscope, Netflix, or reading a recipe, Stance is there to help. I own a lot of docks and stands, at least in the double digits, but none of them are as small and versatile as Stance and I’m thankful Kenu sent one for review. Read More

 

Game of Thrones wallpapers for iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Apr 12, 2015

Today, the highly anticipated new Game of Thrones season launches on HBO. Other than another twisting plot, one of the biggest Game of Thrones change is the HBO NOW streaming service launch. The newest service allows Apple device owners to sign up for a free 30 day trial and $14.99/month service following the trial. HBO NOW provides access to all legacy content, movies, documentaries, and current content. It is the same as signing up through a cable provider, but without the headache and added expense of cable television packages. Having signed up myself, I am looking forward to being able to watch new seasons without waiting for iTunes downloads or the Blu Ray box set.

In typical style, the best way to hype a launch is with a daily reminder on your favorite devices. Wallpapers included past the fold are all Game of Thrones images and should get you prepped for the ensuing blood bath that will be episode one. Read More

 

Apple Watch wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and desktop

by Jim Gresham on Apr 5, 2015

This Friday marks the pre-order date for Apple Watch. You will even be able to walk into a store and try on Apple’s newest device. In what has become one of the most anticipated Apple launches since the original iPhone, we are properly celebrating with Apple Watch wallpapers.

As described throughout the launch process, utilizing an Apple Watch will require pairing with an iPhone. The first time the Watch is paired with an iPhone, a short animation video on the Watch will confirm the connection. In a recent, lengthy, and very informative Wired article, a must read for any avid fan, a still capture of the confirmation image is portrayed.

Just beyond the fold, the confirmation image is displayed and our readers were inspired to make wallpapers. Starting with a push from @IanFuchs, we received several variations, which you can download for multiple devices. Read More

 
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