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: stars and moons

by Jim Gresham on Aug 17, 2014

Previous popular wallpapers included galaxy images. Our galaxy variant and starred night sky wallpaper posts were some of the most popular over our first year of Wallpapers of the Week. In the spirit of giving the readers more of what they want, this week we present another set of galaxy inspired wallpapers.

Today, there is a pack of wallpaper posts highlighting a whimsical approach to the starry sky. From creatively placed moons, to clouds and even space ships, if you are into galaxies, possibly far, far away, step inside for your downloads… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: cityscape

by Jim Gresham on Aug 10, 2014

This week’s wallpaper post moves away from graphically created imagery and back to a photographic focus. While previously popular posts include simulated geometric shapes, the contents in today’s walls include similarly playful designs.

Utilizing standard photographic techniques, both images bring back the basics. The cobbled street image plays with leading lines in the street, drawing the users eye to the photo’s mid-point. However, with a blurred background, the focus hangs in the foreground on the textured stone road.

In the additional image, tall buildings are utilized to frame the street, creating depth of field, while making the image seem visually longer and deeper than flatter graphically designed alternatives. In both versions, the flat tonal color scheme will make icons pop and the Lock screen clock will not be lost. Step inside for the download… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: Instagram’s Bolt

by Jim Gresham on Aug 3, 2014

As with previous Wallpaper of the Week editions, there is a desire to populate relevant media to the section. Typically, the section is completed with wallpapers by theme or genre. Alternatively, when there are time related walls, we like to make sure they spot light on the Sunday afternoon post.

Instagram released a new Snapchat competitor, Bolt. Considered a “one-tap photo messaging” solution, Bolt does not require a Facebook or Instagram account to operate. Instead, Bolt utilizes a mobile phone number to interact with friends via photos and videos.

With a minimal and elegant home page, Bolt sparked the interest of @JasonZigrino, who submitted his wallpapers inspired by the new app. Read More


Wallpapers of the week: Colorado landscapes

by Jim Gresham on Jul 27, 2014

During the last two months, the Wallpapers of the Week section was populated with contrived or graphically designed wallpapers. While walls like the “Complex Geometry” and Puerta del Sol Apple Store opening were very well received, today we celebrate natural beauty of the Colorado landscape.

A skill I always envy is an artist’s ability to capture nature through a camera lens. Much more complicated than pointing and shooting your Photo app on a smartphone, true beauty is difficult to capture. An artist I keep up with published these images recently and shared them through Twitter. Get downloading! Read More


Wallpapers of the week: alternative transportation

by Jim Gresham on Jul 20, 2014

Each week, we bring you some of the best wallpaper images the web can offer. Sometimes, these wallpapers are user submitted, others found, some sought by theme or category. It is an open experiment we hold every Sunday, that keeps readers coming back to see what washed up for their devices.

This week is a themed week and the images inside have been scoured from the internet. It seemed that cars were just too easy. Consequently, we offer you a set of alternative transportation wallpapers, from Blackhawks to the Batmobile… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: complex geometry

by Jim Gresham on Jul 13, 2014

A couple weeks ago, we posted a set of “simple geometry” wallpapers by @A_RTX on the Wallpapers of the Week section. The images were met with quite a lot of fan fair, receiving more than twice the number of social shares than other previews wallpaper posts. With more than 150 shares, I decided to add another wallpaper set in the same genre.

If you did not, go back to the simple geometry post for six, excellent wallpapers. If you are an old pro at the wallpaper section, forge on to redeem your new set of images… Read More


Download the new iOS 8 beta 3 wallpaper

by Jim Gresham on Jul 7, 2014

With every new major version of iOS, Apple releases a new wallpaper, or set of wallpapers. More rarely, Apple will include a new stock wallpaper in a beta release. Today, with Apple’s launch of iOS 8 beta 3, user’s uncovered a simple, but new wallpaper.

There is some back-and-forth over wether the wallpaper is new, or not, but after comparing beta 2 and iOS 7 to the new stock images, there is one additional. A simple white wallpaper with gray dots is included. This new wallpaper can easily be mistaken for a slightly grayer version included with iOS 7… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: Puerta del Sol

by Jim Gresham on Jul 6, 2014

Apple is constantly adding new stores around the globe. Frequently, Apple creates a marketing scheme to celebrate the new additions. In Tokyo, the marketing scheme surrounded a green wall that is adorned with plants, as a climate controlled wall to help regulate indoor temperatures. With the new feature in mind, Apple created a very green and leafy cover board and art to coincide with the store opening. We featured several wallpaper versions that were inspired by Apples green friendly design and many readers enjoyed the art.

Today, the same artist is back at it, with a wallpaper set highlighting the most recent June 21 opening in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol… Read More


The Magnus Mini iPad stand is a minimalist obsession

by Jim Gresham on Jul 4, 2014

Ten One Design is mostly known for the Pogo Stylus, which comes in multiple designs. Bumping into the team at CES, I was able to get a glance at the Magnus Mini, their new iPad mini stand. It is one of the most simplistically designed iPad stands I have ever used. With just a small base and a minimal lip, iPad is held at a perfect angle to remain standing with as little effort as possible.

In comparison to other much more complicated docks or stands, the Magnus Mini is a welcomed change to the otherwise overly dramatic iPad dock arena… Read More


Booq offers creative hardshell laptop sleeve and roomy backpack

by Jim Gresham on Jul 2, 2014

There are a few product categories with which I am obsessed – mugs, jackets, and backpacks. Thankfully, my position at iDB allows me to feed one of those addictions on a fairly regular basis. A good backpack is your best friend. While traveling, on the road, or sometimes heading into the office, your backpack is with you on a daily basis.

Proper weigh distribution, materials, zipper quality, and pockets are key features for a good bag. What accessories you choose to use with the bag is also important. Today, we take a closer look at the Booq Boa shift backpack and Booq Viper hardcase 13. The combination is a one-two punch for protecting the items most valuable to you, a MacBook, iPhone, and iPad… Read More


Kenu Airframe is the perfect dashboard companion for your iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Jul 1, 2014

Keeping iPhone within arm’s reach while driving is not only convenient, but also a matter of life and death. Every day, people wreck their vehicles fumbling around for their smartphone while driving. There are many mounts on the market, offering easy access to a smart device. However, I would argue Kenu’s Airframe is chart topping.

When designing a car mount, there are a few factors that must be considered: where is it going; how will it attach; what will it hold; is it portable. While portability is not the most important, the Airframe will easily detach and run with you to the next step. Airframe is a great solution in a small package… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: simple geometry

by Jim Gresham on Jun 29, 2014

Another Sunday, another set of wallpapers. As the World Cup continues to rage, you may want to go back in time. Last week, we featured World Cup wallpapers to help everyone get excited about the continuing world wide fútbol battle. For additional Wold Cup coverage, check out our latest Let’s Talk iOS podcast, which has armchair commentary from your favorite iDownloadBlog podcasters, @SébastienPage, @JeffBenjam, and @Melvco.

Moving away from theme-related wallpapers this week, I am featuring a wallpaper set submitted by avid iDB reader, Afrokat. A frequenter among the involved readers, I have received items from him, time-to-time. Today, his simple geometric designs grace the Wallpapers of the Week section… Read More


Seagate’s Backup Plus line offers various storage options in small package

by Jim Gresham on Jun 27, 2014

Seagate is the world’s largest provider of external hard drives by volume. Personally, I have around five or more scattered around my home, office and desk–too many to attempt to round up for an accurate count. They make great LAN, portable, wireless, and desktop class storage. Of course Seagate makes internal drives as well, but my experience with them is less versed. As I have witnessed, assumedly along with others familiar with the product line, Seagate is now producing a more creative approach to an otherwise simple storage device.

External storage, as a whole, used to be a simple drag-and-drop venture. Arguably, it was a simpler time. I really appreciate the ability to just plug in a drive and drop stuff to it. However, with the advent of social media, home networking, and some creative thinking, external storage is now something much different. Considering the Seagate Backup Plus line of products, which I first discovered at CES 2014, social sharing and saving are now integrated with the drives… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: 2014 World Cup

by Jim Gresham on Jun 22, 2014

Throughout the wallpaper section, we host theme wallpapers, feature specific artists, or highlight trends with movies, TV shows, and the like.  Of course, we always keep up with the latest Apple announcement wallpapers and even store openings, like the most recent in Japan.

However, current events are not usually our inspiration. Then again, with the Wallpapers of the Week section only recently celebrating its first birthday, only several major events have excited the whole world. Thanks to a global readership, we like to highlight wallpapers that all can enjoy. This week, as the FIFA World Cup narrows the field, equip your iOS devices for the final rounds… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: Tokyo Apple store

by Jim Gresham on Jun 15, 2014

After celebrating the Wallpapers of the Week one year anniversary, we forge on to year two. With our new beginning, it is proper to use another fresh start to honor the occasion. Just this past Friday, June 13 at 10:00AM, Apple opened a new store in Omotesando Japan. As always, the store opening was heralded with much fanfare and a feature video captures the exciting moments of building the store.

Prior to revealing the store’s interior, a large set of poster images covered the all glass front. The posters included images of greenery. Lisa Jackson, at the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, spoke about the company’s efforts to become more eco friendly. While data centers are turning to renewable resources, the Japan store utilizes a vine covered wall to act as a natural climate control system… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: one year anniversary edition

by Jim Gresham on Jun 8, 2014

Looking back, we have come a long way over the past 52 weeks. Beginning the section, we were featuring specific artists on a weekly basis. This phase generated great exposure for potentially unknown talent. However, as time progressed, it became clear that just grabbing the best walls on the web would be the best option based on reader feedback.

The idea began after the first evasi0n walls were launched on iDB, receiving more than 30,000 collective downloads, and even boasting top spot on a Forbes article, which heralded the great work of the evad3rs. Once Sebastien and I decided to go with the weekly feature, we were excited to see the first post of iOS 7-ready wallpapers receive 237 tweets and 230 Facebook likes. With a shockingly aggressive start, the feature earned its right to remain.

Through the last year a few theme-based trends, movie wallpapers, sunny days, and holidays were all highlighted. Don’t forget about our Apple announcement walls, which always make a splash. Within the post, we pick our top wallpapers from the past year, highlight some great user submitted images, and forge on toward the next 52 weeks… Read More


Download the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite wallpapers

by Jim Gresham on Jun 2, 2014

Today, Apple announced the newest version of its desktop operating system, OS X 10.10, also known as “Yosemite.” With a vast array of new features, 10.10 is one of the largest departures from previous versions we have seen in many years. Sporting exciting additions like Continuity, which promises a more streamlined experience when switching between iOS devices and desktop devices, we are really enjoying getting through some of the beta testing.

Each new version of any OS includes at least one amazing wallpaper from Apple. Today, we discovered one new wallpaper with each iOS 8 and Yosemite. Inside, find the full resolution versions for your selective devices… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: iOS 8 and OS X

by Jim Gresham on Jun 1, 2014

Almost concurrently with the WWDC 2014 announcement, many fans began pointing me in the direction of wallpapers to match the designs. Several weeks ago, we posted an assortment of WWDC 2014 wallpapers, to much fanfare.

With the conference starting tomorrow, Apple began preparations at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The first glance of new product imagery comes with the hanging of banners, inside and out.  At the end of last week, Apple finalized their scene setting with iOS 8 and OS X banners. Inside, we included wallpapers inspired by the marketing images, submitted by fans… Read More


Wallpapers of the week: natural summer

by Jim Gresham on May 25, 2014

Hopefully, you are tracking the progress of the Wallpapers of the Week section. Over the past 49 weeks, we shared some of the best wallpapers we could find, on a weekly basis. Of course, there are millions of images across the internet, but we limit the selection to a per week system, showcasing the best over the past seven days.

As we work toward our one year anniversary in a few weeks, we encourage you to continue sharing your images, either in the comment section, via twitter @jim_gresham, or email jim@idownloadblog.comRead More


Wallpapers of the week: video games

by Jim Gresham on May 18, 2014

Over the past few weeks, Wallpapers of the Week hosted theme-based wallpaper packs. Based on user comments, today is no different. Moving away from photorealistic imagery, this week features video game inspired wallpapers.

Save everyone’s favorite iOS classic, Flappy Birds, these wallpapers enjoy a serious tone. From Assassin’s Creed to Battlefield and Mortal Kombat, all the wallpapers below celebrate groundbreaking games that were popularized through various platforms… Read More

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