Download the MacOS Sierra Default Wallpaper

Jun 15, 2016 - 13 Comments

MacOS Sierra Default Wallpaper on a MacBook Pro

When Apple debuted macOS Sierra to the world, we all got a glimpse at the gorgeous wallpaper of a sunset alpenglow hitting a mountain range on the screens of the demo Mac. Apple has also given us a look at that beautiful mountain range wallpaper on their preview page for MacOS Sierra too. But you don’t have to download macOS Sierra 10.12 or wait the final release to get the wallpaper right now, and in fact you can get two slightly different variations of the same great desktop background.

Click on either of the thumbnails below to launch the full sized MacOS Sierra wallpaper into a new window so that you can download and save it for your own desktop.

The first version of the MacOS Sierra default wallpaper comes from preview page, it has a bit more sky and mountain than the one bundled in the macOS Sierra installation and is sized at a generous 5120 × 3200 resolution (hosted via Apple):

MacOS Sierra default wallpaper

The second version of the MacOS Sierra default wallpaper is the one included in the macOS Sierra developer beta of the operating system, which has more mountains and a bit less sky, it’s also available at generous resolution of 5120 × 3684 pixels (hosted via 9to5mac):
MacOS Sierra default wallpaper 1

Both are beautiful variations of the same picture that are just cropped a bit differently, and the differences are subtle.

Wondering which mountains are shown in the MacOS Sierra wallpaper? Well, it may not be much of a surprise, but macOS Sierra is named after the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which runs north south through the state of California near the border with neighboring Nevada. It’s an absolutely beautiful stretch that includes many sights, monuments, parks, and recreational activities, and the scenic beauty is simply stunning and world class, making it easy to see why Apple picked the Sierra mountain range as both the name of their new MacOS and also as the relevant desktop wallpapers.

MacOS Sierra is set for a fall release date, though beta testers can download and install it now.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Mac OS


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  1. Zoo Zoo says:

    Thanks for this. My sister changed my original background to a banana and I wanted this one back.

  2. Chh says:

    I wish it were easier to find the photo credits and info about the photos. I would love to know where these were shot, and by whom. I’ve tried googling this a few times, but keep coming up short. Any ideas?

  3. Gauax says:

    What Steve D. said: it’s Lone Pine Peak outside of Lone Pine, CA on Whitney Portal road – taken from a viewpoint inside of Alabama Hills.

  4. Steve D says:

    It’s Lone Pine Peak. It’s 1500′ lower than Mt. Whitney. Those are the Alabama Hills in the foreground.

  5. John Frugoni says:

    Anyone know the name of the mountain that is shown above? Mt. Williamson?

  6. Jay says:

    WHERE are the links?

    • ner says:

      Click on the pictures, the picture thumbnails are the links to the wallpapers. You using Lynx or something?

  7. Luis says:

    Great one, I got it directly 9to5mac earlier. They also have the iOS 10 wallpaper there in 2048×2048 resolution (best for iphones and for 9.7 in ipads)

  8. Nice Legs says:

    Great wallpaper, using it now but also creating a Sierra boot drive! Can’t wait to install it and try Siri on Mac!!

  9. Hamza Sheikh says:

    That’s really cool. I just downloaded the OS X ah… macOS new wallpaper :’)

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