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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
by Jim Gresham on Mar 29, 2015
With another week, comes another set of images for Wallpapers of the Week. Previous posts include popular sections such as geometric wallpapers and galaxy images. However, there are a few wallpaper categories that have yet to be covered within the iDB community.
In today’s post we highlight a traditional wallpaper genre, bokeh. Lens tricks and lighting changes determine and define the bokeh genre. As exampled in these standard representations below, focal point and background lighting define0 the imagery. Read More
by Jim Gresham on Mar 22, 2015
Each week we throw out a set of images in the Wallpapers of the Week section. With a long weekly run of more than 18 months, it continues to be a popular post. However, despite the running record, a single yet popular genre continues to be ignored.
This week, we right our wrong as we feature hand-selected Supercar wallpapers for iPhone. If this proves to be another top performer, along with galaxy images and geometric shapes, expect to see more in the future. Show your approval by sharing via Twitter or Facebook with the buttons at the top or bottom of the post. Read More
by Jim Gresham on Mar 15, 2015
Last week, Apple surprised us with a completely redesigned MacBook. Of course, there were leaks in the months leading up to the event, but the new technology and form factor is very astonishing. With a thinner design, new keyboard, Force Touch trackpad, and micro logic board, it is clear Apple is pushing laptop computing forward. Even the USB-C is striking.
In the opening video, a glimmering bubble floats into the Retina MacBook screen corner, showing off color depth and a glass-edged screen. In this week’s Wallpapers of the Week post, Jason Zigrino captures the bubble for all devices. Read More
by Jim Gresham on Mar 8, 2015
Tomorrow, Apple pulls off the veil on Apple Watch final details. With the “Spring Forward” event, several years of speculation finally come to a point. Last week, several final pieces of information were leaked, but many more questions still remain.
Apple stands to completely disrupt the wearable device category, as it has done with both iPhone and iPad. While other competitors have the early jump, it could be possible for Apple Watch to become the new standard, to which all future wearable technologies are benchmarked. To celebrate, add these wallpapers today. Read More
by Jim Gresham on Mar 1, 2015
Last week, Apple sent media invitations to an event on March 9. It is widely expected the main subject will be the forthcoming Apple Watch, which Tim Cook announced will be available in April 2015. With the invitation reading “Spring Forward,” it is much less cryptic than previous invite wording. “Spring forward” is a common phrase to help people remember to set their clocks forward, ending daylight savings time. The key here being the overt reference to a device telling time. Further, March 9 is the day after the end of daylight savings time.
Per usual, iDownloadBlog wants to help everyone celebrate the moment by highlighting event inspired wallpapers. Inside, you will find versions of the invitation for iPhone, iPad, and desktop. Read More
by Jim Gresham on Feb 22, 2015
Last week, we featured a set of simple geometric wallpapers and it became one of the most popular Wallpapers of the Week posts, ever! Thank you! Not coincidentally, the preamble to the post described geometric images as a top selection over the past year.
To tempt fate, allow us to try a repeat performance from a short seven days ago. From our research, there is one other wallpaper genre that outperforms all other genres on our wallpaper section: galaxies. Galaxies are a continually popular image set and we preset another curated list just past the fold. Make sure to share the post with your friends, as we work to make this week’s post the most popular in reader history! Read More
by Jim Gresham on Feb 15, 2015
The Wallpapers of the Week series is advancing in age, and with age comes experience. We keep a close eye on the section and try to determine what readers enjoy, what is a habit, a preference, a hate. Of course, data provide quantitative numbers and comments provide qualitative feedback. Crossing the two, provides a path for further posts.
Naturally, not every reader will find their favorite wallpaper each week and they are always quick to sound off. However, there is a certain thread of wallpapers that always seem to draw positive attention: geometric shapes. Read More