Wallpapers of the week: crisp and naturally inspired

Sunset AR7 splash

We are rolling through some great wallpapers in the Wallpapers of the Week section on iDB. If you have not gone back through the archive, I highly suggest spending a few minutes rounding up submissions from the past twenty weeks. That is almost a full half-year’s worth of wallpapers, kept alive by submissions from our readers.

Of course, some walls are more preferred by other readers, but some people like chicken more than steak. It is all a matter of preference. Even Sebastien and I have different tastes in wallpapers, but we know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and a variety of walls will best suit the readers. We have gone through a blurry phase and a short photography phase, but truth is, anything that looks awesome is fair game. Consequently, I encourage you to keep sending in those images, as they are all considered each week. If you have something negative to say about the offerings, then get yourself into Photoshop and get busy, because we are waiting for your creative images…


This week we are featuring Italian graphic artist AR7, who produces quality wallpapers on a regular basis. The images below were optimized, but not created, by him for iPhone 5. There is an important difference in the wallpaper world between “optimized” and “produced” or “created.” Typically, an artist who manipulates an existing image, whether the image is stock from another OS or another artist’s graphic, does not seek credit for the creation. Consequently, the newly created version is termed “optimized” or “altered.”

AR7 does a great job of creating his own images and optimizing others for use specifically with iOS devices. The below, are naturally inspired wallpapers, with focus on the sun. They are excellent additions to any wallpaper gallery and are optimized from their original versions by AR7 for iPhone 5.

Virtual optimized by AR7 Sunset optimized by AR7

Left: Virtual

Right: Sunset

The best way to keep up with AR7 is to follow him on Twitter @AR72014, which he uses to announce his new wallpapers, almost daily. Additionally, his Tumblr and Deviant Art galleries have full archived collections.


To download, simply load the full resolution image by tapping the name above. Once the image loads, tap hold, then save to Camera Roll. From Photos.app or Settings.app, set the new image as your background. On a desktop, right click the full image and save to your iTunes sync folder.

As you can see, the images above are only designed for iPhone 5. To use them on an iPhone 4, double tap the image when setting them as wallpaper. iOS will rescale the image for the smaller screen. There are no iPad versions because the artist did not create them.

Give me your wallpapers

Hey, this is a call to arms. This section has not been around for 20 weeks all by its lonesome. Our dedicated readers make this section great and we need you to keep it going. To have your wallpapers and images submitted, connect with me on Twitter @jim_gresham. I also tweet wallpapers from time to time that I find around the internet or were submitted by readers. Additionally, you can send the images embedded in an email to jim@idownloadblog.com.

Because we receive a solid amount of submissions each week, please follow these criteria. Submissions must:

  1. Be in a standard iOS device resolution, parallax images are preferred but not required.
  2. Come with two images.
  3. Include your name or Twitter handle for proper credit.
  4. Not simply be a picture you took with your device.
  5. Be imbedded in an email or have the full resolution version linked to me via Twitter

Keep the chatter alive in the comments below!