By Jim Gresham on Aug 31, 2014
As the section is titled Wallpapers of the Week, it stands to reason we pick the best images we can find around the net on any given week. Today, there is a great selection of nebula and galaxy wallpapers, but I would not call them the most popular over the past seven days.
Going back a few days, Apple announced the September 9 event for iPhone, and possibly a wearable device. The event, which is always a hyped occurrence, is gaining more excitement by hosting media at the Flint Center and building a whole separate structure to house something. All of this to say, if you missed the Apple announcement wallpapers earlier this week, make sure to check out the handy work of some great iDB readers.
Alternatively, don’t miss the great colorful wallpapers in today’s post. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Aug 28, 2014
Today, Apple sent out invitations to an event hosted on September 9, 2014 at 10:00AM PST. Per usual, there is a rush in the community to determine what Apple has hidden inside the graphic. The “Wish we could say more” line has lead many to speculate about enhanced Siri optimization or the ability to action iPhone through voice commands on a wearable device. Just yesterday, Re/code claimed the highly anticipated Apple wearable, dubbed “iWatch,” should launch alongside the iPhone 6 at the upcoming event.
As with many recent Apple announcements, designers quickly put their skills to work, publishing wallpapers inspired by the invitation. Inside are a few wallpapers, for your favorite upcoming Apple event. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Aug 24, 2014
We are back with another edition of Wallpapers of the Week. Last week, we featured a grouping of wallpapers termed “stars and moons,” to much excitement. However, there were several comments about not receiving the posted wallpapers in iPad format. The Wallpapers of the Week section is designed for iOS device wallpaper downloads, but that doesn’t guarantee any certain size submission. With the intent to make a conscious effort to please those readers looking for iPad wallpapers, this week I chose a set of wallpapers with iPad specific sizes.
Taking the subject back to nature, the walls herein are of the jungle’s king. With no intent on striking a resemblance between Apple’s operating system and the subject matter, simply, lions are a very striking and photogenic creature. The lion’s majesty is caught in these images and shared for all your iOS devices. Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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