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

Wallpapers of the week: Apple’s demo Photos app images

by Jim Gresham on Dec 4, 2016

Every Sunday, the iDownloadBlog Wallpapers of the Week post aims to bring you photo quality wallpapers for your Apple devices. Different genres pop up throughout the year, but our most popular posts always have direct connections to Apple media events and official advertising images.

Today, I present a set of official Apple images AirDropped straight off the new MacBook Pro at my local Apple Store. The images in this set are used in the display demo Photos app to highlight the screen resolution and give users the chance to play with the photo editor. Consequently, you will find the original Apple files and they have been formatted for your devices. Step inside for the downloads.  Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: minimal scenery

by Jim Gresham on Nov 27, 2016

Every Sunday, we strive to bring you excellent photo quality images from around the ‘Net. Wallpapers of the Week is the best way to deck out your devices with a fresh set of images every seven days. We cover a lot of different genres, but a continual favorite is the minimalist category. Whether it is minimal CGI designs to drawings, we receive a lot of feedback and hits.

Consequently, today, we present another set of minimalist wallpapers, this time with ‘landscape’ as the primary focal topic. Inside, download our latest offering.  Read More

 

Review: the high quality leather cases from Nodus Collection

by Jim Gresham on Nov 26, 2016

Nodus Collection, which I reviewed exactly one year ago, is back in-action with updates for iPhone 7 and their wallet collection. If you remember the article regarding the iPhone 6 versions, it was a gushingly positive exposé about their high quality leather, excellent craftsmanship, and attention to detail.

Be warned, this is another one of those glowing reviews. However with a Black Friday twist, you can nab one for yourself at 25% off, or donate the savings to ShelterBox, supporting relief in areas hit by natural disaster or global conflict. Read More

 

Black and white wallpapers for macOS and iOS

by Jim Gresham on Nov 20, 2016

Every Apple operating system comes with great stock images. From iOS to macOS, the images always inspire. While recently, the GM versions seem to be launching fewer and fewer stock wallpapers, the ones included are always very popular.

In today’s Wallpapers of the Week collection, you can find several of the stock photos, modified into black and white. The set is great for your new matte or jet black iPhones, but the images’ contrast will look great on any iPhone screen. Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: golden fields

by Jim Gresham on Nov 13, 2016

Every Sunday, the Wallpapers of the Week section brings you photo quality images for your favorite iOS devices. Aside from jailbreaking, keeping a fresh selection of wallpapers is the quickest and easiest way to customize your interface.

We source images from around the Internet, reader submissions, and items we stumble across on Twitter. Today’s collection is a set of original photographs, perfect for the autumn weather. Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: yellow, red, and blue droplets

by Jim Gresham on Nov 6, 2016

Any time Apple uses specific images to highlight their new products, we scramble to find copies. For example, go ahead and grab our iPhone 7 marketing wallpapers, from the Apple website. In addition, Apple used what appears to be amorphous droplets in a variety of colors to highlight the iPhone 7, but neglected to put them in the iOS 10 GM.

Thankfully, with the release of iOS 10.2 beta 1, the wallpapers are now included. If you do not have a dev account and the latest beta, you will be waiting for the images. Additionally, these wallpapers appear to be available only for iPhone 7, so this might be your only chance to get your hands on them if you don’t have the latest device. Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: The Walking Dead

by Jim Gresham on Oct 30, 2016

The Walking Dead season 7 premiered last week with a brutally violent opener, bringing the show to the next level. Arguing the tagline “we’re just getting started,” the show continues to entice viewership.

Before diving headlong into the fresh season, use the following wallpapers to reminisce about the good days. The upcoming season will prove to continue what appears to be a shocking new change in the show.  Read More

 

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar event wallpapers

by Jim Gresham on Oct 27, 2016

Today, Apple announced the new MacBook Pro with a new touch sensitive function bar that dynamically changes based on active applications. Naturally, there were some shiny images shown on the screens, during the keynote this morning. Quickly, I began getting requests for modifications and mock ups of these images via Twitter.

Thanks to the quick work from some followers, I was able to collect the necessary images and present them below. As always, if you have tips, tricks, or would like some fresh wallpapers during the week, please catch me on Twitter @jim_gresham. It is the community that makes these posts possible.  Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: autumn

by Jim Gresham on Oct 23, 2016

As the northern hemisphere enters colder months, the leaves begin to drastically change. Reds and oranges take over, once green leaves.

Capturing the natural beauty, our Wallpapers of the Week section brings relevant, photo quality images to your devices. Each week a specifically curated list of wallpapers is posted to the site on Sunday.
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Apple October 27 event wallpapers: “hello again”

by Jim Gresham on Oct 19, 2016

Today, Apple announced the upcoming media event on October 27. With the announcement, in traditional fashion, comes a simple graphic representation of the event. As always, armchair pundits and tea leaf readers try to discern the hidden messages believed to be concealed in the graphic.

More productive folks get creative and make wallpapers from the inspired imagery. It is tradition for the Wallpapers of the Week section to feature these creations, leading up to the event. Step inside for fresh wallpapers, inspired by Apple’s “hello again” event! Read More

 

Doctor Strange wallpapers for iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Oct 16, 2016

The Wallpapers of the Week section is an ongoing list of curated images for iOS devices. Each collection is sourced from around the Internet, submitted by a reader, or linked to a topical pop culture reference. Today’s section includes a reader submitted image as well as other great captures from around the net.

Another collection in the Marvel movie series, Doctor Strange is releasing this upcoming November 4, in what will most likely prove to be another hit movie in the comic book inspired realm. Step inside to grab your wallpapers before the action hits theaters.

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Wallpapers of the week: the colorful sky

by Jim Gresham on Oct 9, 2016

Every Sunday the Wallpapers of the Week section, attempts to bring you incredible images from across the Internet. The images are formatted for the latest iOS devices, sometimes just iPhone or iPad, sometimes both. It is our intent to keep you with fresh images on a weekly basis, as the section name indicates.

Naturally, wallpaper quality, theme, and artistic value is subjective. Our images cannot impress everyone, every time. If you aren’t impressed with the week’s postings, you can be sure another set will be available the following week. To keep up with the latest, or to submit your own favorite walls, catch up with me on Twitter via @jim_gresham. For today, enjoy a set of colorful sky-themed wallpapers.  Read More

 

Wallpapers of the week: iPhone 7 internals

by Jim Gresham on Oct 2, 2016

Typically, the Wallpapers of the Week section adds beautiful, photo quality images to our catalogue. From galaxy to geometric CGI, our wallpapers focus on the world around us. However, in a twist, today’s wallpapers help us look through our iPhone screens into a world of circuitry.

iFixit is well known for breaking down the latest devices to determine repairability, provide walkthroughs on the internals, and create repair kits for those looking to complete their own work. As jailbreakers and modders at iDB, we are big fans of their work. Today’s wallpapers are full resolution images of iPhone internal components. Making your own device a window into itself. Read More

 

Dark wallpapers to compliment your new iPhone 7

by Jim Gresham on Sep 25, 2016

iPhone 7 is slowly making its way to customers. With around a two month wait time on deliveries, Apple fans are still anxiously awaiting there device. Representing new matte black and jet black color ways, having the right wallpaper is critical. To ensure a pure luxurious black experience, you will need an equally impressive wallpaper collection.

iDownloadBlog’s Wallpaper of the Week section curates new images for your favorite devices. Each Sunday, you can download a handful of new wallpapers that were submitted by readers or sourced from the Internet. If you would like to send some tips or files my way, catch me on Twitter @jim_gresham. To get the latest, take a step beyond the fold. Read More

 

How to transfer only Activity and Health app information to a new iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Sep 20, 2016

Each year when a new iPhone lands on my doorstep, I am excited to carefully unpack the new device and get everything installed. Like you, I prefer to think of loading up a new iPhone as one of the best digital experiences. It is like taking a new car for its first run on the highway. To ensure the best experience, those among us with strong opinions always start from a fresh iPhone and never restore from a previous backup. By starting from scratch, you guarantee no faulty details work their way into an otherwise fresh system.

However, with the advent of Apple Watch and encrypted Health and Activity data, the only way to transfer those precious Activity rings is via an encrypted backup. If there was just some way, to only restore the Activity and Health data…  Read More

 

Wallpapers of the Week: bokeh

by Jim Gresham on Sep 18, 2016

With iPhone 7 Plus, now in the wild, we are all anxiously waiting for the upcoming software update that will enable “Portrait” mode in iOS 10. Bolstering the new portrait mode, iPhone 7 Plus users will be able to take advantage of the dual lens system and the upgraded telephoto camera. Unfortunately, we will need to wait until sometime this fall to take bokeh images of our own.

In the meantime, step inside for a wallpaper pack of bokeh images. These will look stunning on the new iPhone 7 wide color gamut display and show off the advantage of bokeh style photos. Read More

 

iPhone 7 geometric wallpaper

by Jim Gresham on Sep 13, 2016

This special edition of  the Wallpapers of the Week is coming a little earlier than usual to celebrate the release of iOS 10, but also because there has been an incredible demand for this one specific wallpaper.

Thanks to some very quick work from @AR72014, we present to you a re-creation of the wallpaper found on Apple’s iPhone 7 website. Read More

 

Wallpapers: photos taken with an iPhone 7

by Jim Gresham on Sep 11, 2016

This coming Friday, iPhone 7 hits store shelves and pre-orders arrive in the mail. The week between a pre-order and receiving the device is one of the most exciting times of the year for Apple fans. Immediately following the announcement, Apple litters the retail website with information about the new devices, including images that help show off the new design. When this occurs, I receive submissions for wallpapers via @jim_gresham, where you can send images for consideration and inclusion in the Wallpapers of the Week category.

This year, as the design focuses on the camera, Apple included a gallery of images, snapped by the new iPhone 7.  Inside, you fill find a collection of wallpapers from the iPhone 7 photo gallery. Additionally, there is an interactive scrolling ad, that includes images of an amorphous colored orb, which has been turned into a series of wallpapers as well. Step inside for iPhone 7 wallpapers. Read More

 

More September 7 Apple media event wallpapers

by Jim Gresham on Sep 4, 2016

Last week, Apple sent media invitations for the upcoming September 7th event, assumedly announcing the iPhone 7. The newest flagship device is expected to hold the same form factor as the previous two iPhone generations, with marked improvement to the cameras, waterproof capabilities, and the audio experience. But, you will need to decide for yourself if losing the 3.5mm headphone jack is truly an ‘improvement.’

The media event invitation always causes a flurry of excitement across the wallpaper sphere. Repeatedly, iDownloadBlog’s most popular wallpaper posts center around media events and device launches. Our Wallpapers of the Week section aims to curate images that are chronologically relevant or just awesome walls! Step inside to see one final collection of September 7 event wallpapers. Read More

 

How to install a glowing Apple logo on iPhone 6s

by Jim Gresham on Aug 31, 2016

An iconic image, the glowing Apple logo adorns store locations and flagship MacBook devices. It is the quickest way to spot an Apple device in the wild. However, Apple refuses to provide the same iconic design on iPhones and iPads. To resolve this conundrum, that meant taking matters into my own hands.

For years, I wanted an iPhone with a glowing logo. All the way back to iPhone 4, it has been possible to mod your device with a small LED. However, with iPhone 6, @theunlockr is offering a simple all-in-one DIY kit, helping transform your device in about 30-60 minutes. Take a step inside to see my personal handy work and a great tutorial video to ease your nerves. Read More

 
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