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

The premium leather Nodus iPhone case collection

by Jim Gresham on Nov 25, 2015

The smell is what first grabs you. After receiving several Nodus items since their inception in 2013, it is the smell, every time, that first catches my senses. Maybe, it is the long trip across the pond from the UK that lets the leather scent build up in the box. Cracking open the package on any Nodus Collection item springs forth the best premium leather smell you will find on an iPhone case.

Certainly, there are many other things that make the Nodus line exceptional, but you can tell the attention to detail by smelling the quality of leather. It is something that should not be overlooked, when investing in a nice case.

Having attended CES for the last three years and milling over case after case, this is truly something incredible. It is leaps and bounds above Apple’s similar leather cases. Step inside for your next iPhone case purchase and a great Black Friday special discount. Read More


Blackberry Priv geometric wallpapers for iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Nov 22, 2015

The Wallpapers of the Week section has continued for longer than two years! Over this time and more than 100 posts, we are able to see certain trends in popularity. Other than starry galaxy wallpapers, geometric wallpapers seem to be the biggest hit each time they are posted.

Today, the new Blackberry Priv wallpapers fit the geometric category. These wallpapers were optimized by @AR72014. Follow him online to see a steady stream of creativity and other images. Step inside for a download of the five new Blackberry Priv wallpapers. Additionally, find links to some of our previous posts with similar themes. Read More


James Bond Spectre wallpapers

by Jim Gresham on Nov 15, 2015

The recently released James Bond film Spectre has been showing good numbers in the box office. A harkening back to the good old days of Bond, Spectre is full of gadgets, cars, and explosions. It puts Casino Royal’s only gadget, the heart defibrillator, to shame, but Spectre doesn’t quite hang with Skyfall.

My personal movie commentary aside, it was a bang up James Bond film and a few iOS device wallpapers will show your support. Inside, there are Spectre wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and desktop. Although today’s Wallpapers of the Week post is a mixed bag of devices, there is something for everyone.  Read More


Star Wars wallpapers for iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Nov 8, 2015

The Force Awakens trailer releases are causing a great disturbance in the Force. If you are particularly interested in seeing additional sneak preview details, any Star Wars fan would tell you to view the Disney release Japanese trailer that contains footage not released to English speaking audiences.

With the movie just more than one month away, the Wallpapers of the Week section is hoping to help celebrate the excitement. Inside this week’s installment are a few images from and inspired by The Force Awakens. Of course, we must also pay homage to the original trilogy. Read More


Wallpapers of the week: Hey Siri and Apple TV

by Jim Gresham on Nov 1, 2015

This past week, Apple launched the new generation Apple TV. Pre-orders began to arrive Friday, October 30 and a plentiful supply of stock was available in Apple Stores. Two new features for the device include Siri enhanced search and navigation, along with new time lapse motion screen savers.

To commemorate the occasion, the included images are inspired by Siri and Apple TV in this Wallpapers of the Week installment. Take a step inside for a plethora of download options, including Apple Watch and iPad Pro sized images.  Read More


Wallpapers inspired by the new Apple Watch TV ads

by Jim Gresham on Oct 25, 2015

One of the more popular wallpaper categories, are those images inspired by actual Apple events, banners, website designs, and advertisements. Last week, Apple released seven new Apple Watch TV ads, promoting their popular wearable device. The ads appear to harken back to the original iPod advertising days, with great color schemes and simplistic messages.

Inside, find wallpaper inspired by 12 of the Apple Watch October campaign TV spots, by crowd favorite, Jason Zigrino. An image is ready for each of your devices. Read More


The expansive Apple Watch wallpaper collection

by Jim Gresham on Oct 18, 2015

With the launch of WatchOS 2, Apple Watch owners can now more effectively control the look of their watch faces. By adding the ability to change photo based faces, Apple provided unlimited options to make Apple Watch fit your preferences.

Using a photo album, Apple Watch users are able to cycle through photos at each wrist raise, or have the photo remain constant. Last week, we released a set of Apple Watch wallpapers based on all previous iOS stock wallpaper images. Back by popular request, today, another giant collection is ready for download. Read More


Upcoming Springtomize 3 update for iOS 9

by Jim Gresham on Oct 18, 2015

One of the most popular ways to customize your iOS device is the Springtomize tweak. With the ability to drastically modify the UI, Springtomize allows for modifications like the number of dock icons, status bar clean up, animation changes, and, my personal favorite, icon label manipulation. I absolutely hate icon labels and for several iOS generations, Springtomize saved the day.

There are a lot of questions about when the tweak will be available for the recently jailbroken iOS 9. I was able to chat with the Springtomize developer, Filippo Bigarella, this afternoon. Read More


Massive collection of iOS-inspired wallpapers for Apple Watch

by Jim Gresham on Oct 11, 2015

With the launch of WatchOS 2, Apple Watch now has the ability to include user-selected wallpapers on select watch faces. Either a photo album will rotate through wallpapers each time the watch lights up or a single photo may be chosen.

Now, customization is more of a possibility and matching device wallpapers can create a nice effect. Thanks to @AR72014, this Wallpaper of the Week post includes optimized Apple Watch wallpapers from previous versions of iOS, including iOS 9. Take a step past the fold to find your favorites, both new and old.  Read More


Colorful Fall wallpapers of the week

by Jim Gresham on Oct 4, 2015

As we approach Fall, the colder months are creeping in. Summer’s warm and sunny days are now lost and colorful leaves begin to fall. Unfortunately, this is a fairly localized natural phenomenon, but we can all enjoy the orange and red hues from our device screens. Step inside this week’s Wallpapers of the Week post to grab images for both iPhone and iPad. Read More


Wallpapers of the week: urban sprawl

by Jim Gresham on Sep 27, 2015

Another edition of the Wallpapers of the Week section comes to you this Sunday with city life. While having nature shots and blurry bokeh backgrounds are excellent, it is time to give the city some time in the spotlight. With tall illuminated buildings and articulately complex infrastructure, the city makes an intriguing image for your favorite devices.

Inside, take a look at four new wallpapers and enjoy the different images captured of the city. Depending on the camera’s point of view, the beauty of the city changes every time.
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How to only transfer Activity and Health app data to a new iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Sep 26, 2015

Transitioning to a new iPhone is made simple by iCloud backups, iTunes, and a few clicks or taps. Apple ensures it is easy to move from a fully loaded and setup device to a completely fresh iPhone with the same information, using their backup options. Most laypeople, almost always choose to restore new iPhones from their backups; however, more technically inclined concerned people tend to start with a fresh iPhone and do not restore from backup to prevent carrying over any unwanted information.

Earlier this week Christian highlighted two methods for upgrading to a new device and retaining your Activity and Health data. Method #1: use a third-party app to import your Health data, but it lacks Activity logs. Method #2: backing up your old device to iCloud or iTunes and restoring from backup, as I’ve described above.

But, what if you want both your Activity and Health data, but a fresh setup too? Step inside to learn how to install both, yet only, your previous device’s Activity and Health data on your new iPhone.  Read More


iPhone 6s still wallpaper images

by Jim Gresham on Sep 20, 2015

With the iPhone 6s releasing on Friday, everyone is getting excited about the new features offered by the updated hardware. Naturally, one of the features I am most excited about is the option for dynamic wallpapers. The live wallpapers are a combination of iOS 9 and iPhone 6s hardware operability. If you downloaded iOS 9 this week, you will notice the motion wallpapers are missing from the list, due to their iPhone 6s exclusivity.

Inside, we have still images of the live wallpapers for iPhone 6s. The images are quite stunning, even if they are not in motion. Step inside for the option to download six iPhone 6s dynamic wallpaper still images for your current device! Read More


Wallpapers of the week: sunsets

by Jim Gresham on Sep 13, 2015

We continue the Wallpapers of the Week section with sunset wallpapers. This natural beauty is hard to synthesize and these photographs capture the colors extremely well. An inspiration for today’s wallpapers today is the new iPhone Rose Gold edition. Several of the images include strong hints of pink, which should pair nicely with your Rose Gold iPhone or Apple Watch. If you ordered a Rose Gold version, start looking out for new wallpapers that will show off your new iPhone.

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Wallpapers of the week: colorful shapes

by Jim Gresham on Sep 6, 2015

The Wallpapers of the Week section continues with geometric images. This category has been popular over the course of our wallpaper section and today bolsters the collection. Geometric wallpapers add a flash of color and texture to iPhone’s Lock and Home screens. With iOS 7+ these images can drastically change the look of your device because the opacity changes drastically across the UI. In addition to grabbing some fresh new versions, inside is also a back catalogue of previous posts that include similarly tailored options.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 wallpaper optimized for iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Aug 30, 2015

Whether Apple fanboys want to admit it or not, there are other providers in the market that have some decent offerings. If you didn’t know, Redmi Note 2 is a recent release by Xiaomi in the budget smartphone category ($125), but it boasts a full HD display at 401 ppi. While Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 overall hardware package is not our cup of tea, the stock wallpapers are worth a download. Read More


September 9 event wallpapers: “Hey Siri, give us a hint”

by Jim Gresham on Aug 27, 2015

On Thursday, August 27, Apple released the media invitation for an event on September 9. The fall announcements typically highlight updates for iOS devices. Sometimes iPhone and iPad are announced separately, but it is estimated both devices will receive a refresh in the coming weeks.

In line with new invitations, the web quickly rushes to build corresponding, celebratory wallpapers. Inside, we have some quick work done by avid iDB readers. Within hours, they shared their collections and we pass them on to you. Read More


Wallpapers of the week: there’s nothing quite like iPhone

by Jim Gresham on Aug 23, 2015

Apple always posts excellent background images when highlighting their devices on their website. However, they do not always include their creations in iOS releases, leaving avid wallpaper fanatics lacking. It would be amazing if Apple included these images in a downloadable form.

A new Apple marketing series has them touting iPhone specific features. With a new line of “if it’s not an iPhone” TV commercials, the Cupertino based company now has a dedicated website that features similar justifications. The “Why there’s nothing quite like an iPhone website” highlights several features of their flagship device that cannot be replicated on other hardware. The page uses great graphics, three of which we have downloadable today for iPhone, iPad, and desktop.
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Textured pattern wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

by Jim Gresham on Aug 16, 2015

Continuing the Wallpapers of the Week section, we turn to simplistic images. Often, patterns and textures make for great Home and Lock screen images because they can be colorful, but not distract from the UI elements, like the clock or app icons. Personally, I prefer this style wallpaper due to the simplistic nature of the images.

Below the fold, you will find several walls to choose from, which will bring nice contrast to your devices, even if color isn’t a requirement to do so.
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San Francisco wallpapers for dual screens

by Jim Gresham on Aug 9, 2015

The Wallpapers of the Week section is designed to bring you fresh images for iOS devices. By combing through the web and viewing submissions from readers, we post the best of whats around, on a weekly basis.

Today, we depart from the iOS specific restriction and delve into a fairly niche wallpaper genre. Inside, find four sets of dual screen wallpapers for various devices. Naturally, they can be used as standalones, but really shine when paired. Read More

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