6 Abstract Wallpapers from the Apple “Why There’s iPhone” Microsite

Jul 25, 2015 - 17 Comments

iPhone microsite wallpapers

Apple recently built this microsite to accompany the “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” TV ad campaign, and much like other portions of the Apple online presence, there is some pretty nice abstract imagery included in the backgrounds. With a little digging, this means you can uncover those nice pictures and use them as wallpaper for your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or whatever else you’re looking to make look a bit nicer.

You’ll find a starry night, some pleasant gray texture, a skatepark, and blurred dark and light images, each of which is available at the large resolution of 2560 x 1440. Click on any of the smaller images below to launch the full sized version on the Apple content delivery network:


Starry night

Grey noise texture

Blurred dark

Blurred light

Green Weave

Not into these? We’ve got plenty of other wallpapers to look through, you’re sure to find something to float your boat.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize


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  1. rgbrock1 says:

    Don’t know about anyone else but when I right clicked to save the ‘starry night’ photo the file name was ‘malware_*’

    Not nice!

    • yesy says:

      Yes the filename Apple chose for that image was discussed in the comments above, it’s a file on Apple servers and an Apple web developer chose the file name. I have a file called “ocean” for example, but it’s not actually the ocean. Heh.

  2. crimsonfancy says:

    Blurred Light for Christmas with Retina display is my pick.

  3. Tom says:

    Why is the Starry Night image named “malware_xlarge”??

    Please put my mind at ease. I clicked on the starry image link and the new tab is named “malware_xlarge”??

    • Icebox says:

      I noticed that it was named “malware” too. Now, I’m concerned as well.

    • Paul says:

      Hey Tom,

      Great question, and not to worry! The starry night image is hosted on the Apple image content delivery network, someone at Apple likely chose the name “malware_xlarge” because it serves as the wallpaper on the portion of the microsite that discusses how iPhone has high security and is basically immune to malware. The page is here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/why-theres-iphone/ – it’s about the 5th “bubble” down on the site, you’ll see the starry night background image and know you’re in the right place. The exact quotation accompanying the image on the Apple iPhone site is:

      “And while there are lots of things you want on your phone, there’s one you definitely don’t: malware. (“Malware” is what you call code that tries to sneak into your devices for the purpose of doing sneaky things. Like stealing your bank info or tracking every single word you type.) Now, this is the part where we’d normally geek out about the tools we give developers to make super safe apps like top-notch APIs, encryption, and app transport security, and the rock-solid security features we build into iPhone like trusted boot, sandboxing, and kernel address space layout randomization, but there’s only so much room. So let’s just say that iPhone and malware are practically strangers, and leave it at that.”

      Of course, naming a user-served file ‘malware_xlarge.jpg’ seems a little crazy and I got a bit of a chuckle out of it when I saw that, but we must keep in mind these images hosted on Apple.com are not meant to be user-facing or wallpapers at all, they’re just uncovered from the HTML with the “Inspect Element” tool of a web browser. You can also use the “View Source” tool on the Apple microsite to see the image and some other elements using the same (somewhat dubious) naming scheme:


      Hope that helps explain the file name a bit!

  4. bill says:

    I’m underwhelmed.

  5. jacks says:

    These are nice. It’s aways interesting to see what Apple thinks is hip, and/or what their ad agency feels users will appreciate. (I could have that flipped around. It’s hard to know.)

  6. KURT HANSON says:

    And with this icing-on-the-cake app,


    …, both the Desktop and the monitor screen are set up purty perfectly. 

  7. KURT HANSON says:

    I created and use a variety of solid color .png files displayed every minute on the desktop. The subtle or abrupt changing color of the background framing the window of any open app is spiffy when they occur, if I do say so myself.

    My Desktop is sparse with files and folders. Any type of picture as a background display extols too much fake, bogusness to concentrate those moments I am on the MacBook Pro.

    Good day.

  8. Wharf Xanadu says:

    Star night looks good on iPhone 6 plus thanks for the wallpaper

  9. Kwowitz says:

    The starry night picture is the best one, but the version shown on the Apple website has two overlaying and moving transparent PNG files of stars, so if you wanted to have an exact match you’d need all three layers and combine them in Photoshop or Pixelmator yourself.

    Those file names are:



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