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 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 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
By Jim Gresham on Feb 8, 2015
A zombie killing phenomenon, The Walking Dead winter season premier is tonight on AMC, for those viewers in the US. Now in season 5, the show is known for its dramatic thriller storyline that involves a group of once strangers surviving in a post-apocalyptic environment. As the name suggests, not only does the group struggles through personal relationships, but also continuously runs from zombies.
The show easily captures an environment without standard daily life, using vast sweeping shots of vacant territories, empty vehicles, and dilapidated buildings to emphasize the current destruction of mankind. Inside, find a set of Walking Dead wallpapers inspired by the series and the destructed world that is home to zombies. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Feb 1, 2015
The animal kingdom is a popular genre of both photographic and illustrated art. The selection today is an honor to the later. Hyperbole of animal emotion or just a play on their stereotypic behavior, the options below are both lively and solemn.
Although there is no particular reason for the selection this week, I must admit to having picked Donkey Kong Country back up on the old SNES. Certainly the splash image above was thought to be a good idea, based on my subconscious reexcitement for the furry fellow. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jan 25, 2015
The annual event where everyone in America acts like they loved football year round. For die hard fans, Super Bowl XLIX is the culmination of a destiny for their chosen team. After many Sundays and Mondays of ceaselessly cheering, the Super Bowl is a proving grounds for only the top two NFL teams.
In stark contrast, many more Americans crowd around the TV for plenty of beer, hot wings, nachos, beanie weenies, peanut butter filled pretzels, potato chips, and the commercials. Regardless of allegiance, millions of people will watch for some reason, even if they just happen to be in the same room for social purposes. To celebrate the madness, show your team spirit with these Superbowl XLIX wallpapers and cheer on your team in the comment section below. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jan 18, 2015
Last week’s post of space galaxies proved to be a big hit! This is a consistent theme proved to be enjoyed by readers. You can find additional galaxy themed wallpapers in the following posts: galaxy creation, stars and moons, and galaxy wallpapers. Moreover, our Interstellar movie inspired wallpapers are in the same theme.
Taking movie and galaxy themes to the next level, I asked readers to submit their favorite Guardians of the Galaxy wallpapers for iOS devices. Very quickly, I received a solid collection of submissions via Twitter. Below is a curated list of great Guardians wallpapers with credit to the submitters. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 15, 2015
Wallmart is a newly released jailbreak tweak that allows you to cycle through your favorite wallpaper on iOS 8. After installing the tweak, which is downloadable free of charge via Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you can set it up to automatically cycle through each wallpaper after a specific interval of time, or cycle with every unlock. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 12, 2015
In the past I’ve wondered why Apple seems to neglect its dynamic theme options, yet every year there are new static themes available for iOS. Unfortunately, for those of us who like them, dynamic themes seem to have been placed permanently on the shelf.
An upcoming jailbreak package looks to change this by offering several new well-designed dynamic themes to jailbroken iOS users. It’s aptly entitled Dynamics, and it will be released once the teaser version receives 500 downloads. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jan 11, 2015
Having posted the Wallpapers of the Week for well over a year, certain trends become apparent to us. Popularity of images can be predicted and we try to stick to topics we know readers will enjoy. Of course, every now and then we need to vary from topic to topic. After all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Not all wallpapers are created equal. What you see is what you get. And, any other cliche you can think of about imagery.
Today, however, we harken back to a topical wallpaper post theme, made popular by several other previous posts. Focusing today on space, is not a new trend, but a popular version by way of social shares. Step inside for details, downloads and backlinks. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jan 4, 2015
Welcome to 2015! Before moving through our current selection, take a step back through our short 2015 wallpaper recap in the new year posting from last week. Moving forward, we are looking at another long year of wallpapers, starting with a celebration of the cold coming winter months.
In the northern hemisphere, winter just recently started on December 21. Temperatures have been erratic, at best, but the cold chill is starting to finally move in. As I mentioned previously, winter wallpapers are my favorite wallpaper genre and today brings four different chilling images for your iPhones. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Dec 28, 2014
Today marks the last Wallpapers of the Week post for 2014! We are completing the first calendar year of the series, which started mid-2013. Earlier this year, we celebrated the one year anniversary of the series with our top images.
This year we published more than 52 Wallpapers of the Week posts, including some special edition mid-week releases for important events. Some of the most popular posts include: Interstellar; Apple’s 5K iMac Retina image; October 16 Keynote wallpapers; a pre-release of the iOS 8 flower wallpapers, which received almost 1,000 media shares; September 9 Keynote wallpapers; geometry style; and galaxy images.
Take a step inside to celebrate 2015 and another upcoming year of wallpapers.