3 cool new wallpapers you won’t regret downloading


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Basic Apple Guy's "Trip Around the Sun" wallpaper puts things in perspective.
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Mac maven Basic Apple Guy seemingly never stops creating gorgeous wallpapers you can download and put on your Apple screens — Mac, iPad and iPhone. Just in the past couple of weeks he’s made three beauties for you to try out.

Check out the images and see descriptions and links below.

3 new wallpapers from Basic Apple Guy

We often pick up on Basic Apple Guy’s new wallpapers because they’re so-often cool-looking. And they’re free, though you can and should leave him a tip.

Recently, for WWDC23, he made stunning iPhone 14 schematics wallpapers. Back in March, he riffed on macOS Big Sur and Vincent Van Gogh for his “Big Starry Sur” wallpapers.

In July he already has three new wallpapers for your consideration.

‘Trip Around the Sun’

On Thursday Basic Apple Guy released “Trip Around the Sun,” a stunning image from space showing the sun cresting over earth, pictured above.

Here’s his description:

Here is the “Trip Around the Sun” wallpaper I used in my M2 MacBook Air Review header. The image was rendered in Midjourney and upscaled to a 6K resolution (but it looks much better on a smaller panel like a 13 or 14-inch display). Although created in Midjourney, additional stars, texturizing, and cleaning up the image occurred to improve the overall quality as much as possible.

I started my review of the MacBook Air with the line ‘around the sun’ in my head, so the image is a fallout of that intention. It captures the sun cresting over the horizon of our rotating planet, casting long shadows as the first light hits the clouds. Enjoy.

Download Trip Around the Sun wallpapers: iPad | Mac | iPhone

‘Midnight Mac’

A nighthawk works on his MacBook at the diner.
A nighthawk works on his MacBook at the diner. This is the second of three different wallpapers in the series.
Photo: Basic Apple Guy

Just a day before his space shot came out, Basic Apple Guy offered “Midnight Mac.” It’s based on Edward Hopper’s iconic painting, Nighthawks (not to be confused with Tom Waits’ 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner, which took inspiration from Hopper). Unlike the others, this one is just for Mac.

Here’s Basic Apple Guy’s description:

Recently, I got the idea to make a modern version of Edward Hopper’s famous 1942 Nighthawks’ oil painting, which was bundled with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The image is iconic for capturing the loneliness and separation existing in American life at the time. With that mood as my target, I wanted to see how Midjourney could recreate a modern version of this style.

After many dozen tweaks, revisions, variations, and modifications, I created a few images that I was pleased with in their ability to capture the solitary motif of Hopper’s work. These ‘Midnight Mac’ images evoke memories of my time in university, working late into the night in lonely campus corridors or at some diner or cafe into the morning hours. I’m posting a few variations upscaled to 6K. Enjoy.

Download Midnight Mac wallpapers for Mac: Midnight Mac 01, Midnight Mac 02, Midnight Mac 03

‘Touch Grass’

This wallpaper comes from a shot Steve Jobs supposedly took.
This wallpaper comes from a shot Steve Jobs supposedly took.
Photo: Basic Apple Guy

On July 1 his “Touch Grass” post — the phrase refers to unplugging from screens and getting out in the natural world — offered up Mac OS X 10.5 Grass Blades Wallpaper.

Here’s his description:

In the spirit of EM [Elon Musk] suggesting we all ‘touch grass’ as he fans the flames of the most recent hubbub over on the bird site and our daily tweet allowances, here is an upscaled wallpaper that was bundled with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard of, well, some grass. The factoid worth noting about this wallpaper is that it is believed to have been photographed by Steve Jobs and was bundled and used to introduce OS X 10.5. The wallpaper has been upscaled using Pixelmator Pro’s ML Super Resolution, and includes downloads for the iPhone, Mac, and iPad. Enjoy.

Download Mac OS X 10.5 Grass Blades wallpapers: iPad | Mac | iPhone

And you really should consider leaving Basic Apple Guy a tip for his otherwise-unpaid labor.


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