The fun: Announced at its April 20 event, Apple has included a new default wallpaper alongside the new purple iPhone 12.
Our take: As a huge fan of Apple’s default wallpapers, I love that the new iPhone has a matching aesthetic to the 5 other models.
The wallpapers: In macOS 11.1, Apple included two new stunning wallpapers…including the one on the box art of the new M1 MacBook Pro.
- There are two new variations of the ‘light stream’ style wallpapers:
- Light Stream Green
- Light Stream Pink
Our take: Super glad to see Apple release these officially, in high resolution. The green variant is one of my favorite new desktop images in years.
The wallpaper: Apple showcases a new, unreleased wallpaper on the box for the brand new M1-powered MacBook Pro.
- It’s visually similar to the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s wallpaper
- Apple hasn’t released a full-resolution original yet, but this article will are updated if or when they do
Our take: Taken from the box itself, the wallpaper features greens, blues and a streak of pink. It’s one of my favorite stock wallpapers in a while.
The fun: Ahead of next week’s November 10 event, get in the mood with a batch of new wallpapers for iPhone and iPad.
- The blurred aesthetic looks especially nice with app icons and widgets mixed together on your home screen
- Full-resolution wallpapers will likely be released from Apple following the event next Tuesday, as both the September and October event invites later turned out to be marketing wallpapers
Our take: I hope Apple includes stock blurred wallpapers on iOS in the future. There were a lot of hints that this was coming, but we still haven’t seen that leaked wallpaper settings redesign yet.
The fun: Included in the release of iOS 14.2 beta 4 are a crop of new wallpapers that are quite a bit different from what Apple normally includes in updates.
- There are drawn and real-life wallpapers available that include light and dark mode variants, with 16 total new images available to choose from
- The wallpapers break from Apple’s standard operating procedure and are reminiscent of photo wallpapers from iOS 4 to iOS 10
Our take: These are genuinely interesting because they feel so…I don’t know…random? Listen, I’m all for new wallpapers from Apple. But these don’t seem to follow and clear rhyme of reason…
The fun: Apple has released 5 new wallpapers in iOS 14.1 that correspond to the 5 new colors of iPhone 12.
- Similar to iPhone 12 Pro wallpapers, these colorful images also appear to have been inspired by the addition of 5G connectivity
- These wallpapers were extracted directly from the iOS 14.1 firmware and are available in the highest quality possible
Our take: Green in dark mode looks amazing.
The fun: Purchasers of a new iPhone 12 Pro this year will be happy to know that four new wallpapers come pre-installed, as Apple does every year.
- All four wallpapers feature light and dark modes, following a trend that started with iOS 13
- The designs this year appear to be inspired by 5G radio waves, colorized to match the tint of each iPhone
Our take: Blue in dark mode is the best.
The fun: Alongside the release of iOS 14 earlier, Apple released high-resolution versions of the marketing wallpapers for the brand new iPad Air.
- Coined ‘Noodles,’ the dark and light mode wallpapers sprawl and twist in every conceivable direction
- While the wallpapers are out now, the new iPad Air itself doesn’t come out until October
Our take: It’s hard to pick a favorite here, but I think I’m going with the multi-color gray variants.
The fun: Alonside new wallpapers for iPhone and iPad, iOS 14 also includes some unique new wallpapers for CarPlay (thanks, 9to5Mac).
- The 10 new wallpapers are similar, but slightly different than those available on other devices
- There are unique light/dark red and tan variants exclusive to CarPlay
The news: Apple included a nice marketing wallpaper in some of the images of the new 27-inch iMac.
- Nearly every color of the rainbow is present in the image
- @apple_idesigner worked some magic to provide you with the new wallpaper early
A fuller-resolution version of the wallpaper will be published as soon as it becomes available from Apple.
The fun: The wait is over: you won’t have to switch between your favorite macOS wallpapers any longer, thanks to a fresh image courtesy of Twitter user @J3nRa1n.
- It’s a chaotic mix. I actually prefer the prior version, which I also have linked down below
Our take: This certainly isn’t a wallpaper for everyone, but the brief splashes of color in each corner of your display really do pop.