General iOS wallpapers are horrible

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by cmatuk, Sep 14, 2017.


iOS wallpapers are:

  1. The most beautiful out there

  2. I don't care, I use my own

  3. Ugly and could be better

  4. I just don't care

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  1. cmatuk, Sep 14, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 25, 2017

    cmatuk macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2013
    OK, someone has to just say it:

    iOS default wallpapers are horrible and Apple need to get its **** together.

    So yeah, every new major OS usually brings new wallpapers and while they are maybe the most unimportant part for everyone, they are, at least for me, one of the coolest part about the new software.

    But, Apple just doesn't care anymore. Not only did they kept the same not so great ones for two whole years, they usually get in the way of the icon grid and they are just ugly.

    macOS has terrific, if dated, wallpapers but iOS has always had some pretty ugly ones save some few cool ones and most of them are gone. We kinda got a gleam of hope with iOS 9 and those dessert sand shots and now only one of them prevails.

    Heck, the few cool ones they use on marketing shots are not on the final product (I'm looking at you iPad)

    I think that Apple just kinda puts random cheap images in there and they think people will mostly use their own custom images which is a shame.

    Also, those horrible data consuming wallpaper apps need to make a business I guess.

    They could make them customisable (kinda like watchOS) instead of just putting that rainbow thing against various backs and calling it a day you could choose that design and then customise the back color. Same with the flowers and the gradients....

    They made a great deal about those fishy animated ones and they are gone and now the legacy Earth one is back and those aurora color ones for the iPhone 8 are exclusive for some reason; that moon that they took from watchOS and the night Earth would look AMAZING if it were animated to reflect real life but nooooo we still have the ones that have been there since iOS Cupcake, I mean 7.

    I get that the new ones are meant for the OLED screen but that particular iPhone won't be even out when iOS 11 gets here and, still, it will be the least popular iPhone for a while.

    Despite technical OS differences or preferences, Google has really beautiful wallpapers on Android and even on Chrome OS and Apple needs to just throw a little more effort in there. They should use those "Shot on iPhone" photos wallpapers or maybe even give us the stuff they use on promo shots; like that paint thing on the iPhone X ad, that would be a killer 3D touch wallpaper I think..

    So, thanks for reading and I ask your opinion:
  2. Yun0 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2013
    Winnipeg, Canada
    Dont care, i have only about 100+ in a wallpapers album anyway. The space ones are the best though, as usual.
  3. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    Mine is solid black. Glad they introduced their own solid black this time.

  4. cmatuk thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2013
    I guess that will be the main answer hahaha; people use their own images.

    Also, I guess Apple would have to pay a lot of money for photo royalties so they throw in a couple of nice ones and some fillers.

    BUT since they make a whole deal about photography and all....
    --- Post Merged, Sep 14, 2017 ---
    It's the ultimate Legacy Wallpaper from iPhone 1
    Now, also a battery saver on the iPhone X
  5. Dave-Z macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2012
    I use solid blue across my devices (macOS and iOS). I think more recent wallpapers have gotten pretty lame, yes. I would like to see the option to select a solid colour from RGB sliders as well as a gradient (two colours with RGB sliders).

    In the grand scheme of things though one can select any image from anywhere to use. It would be nice if Apple updated their dynamic wallpapers since those cannot be changed at all.
  6. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    I think the dock messes up most choices. Here is a red one I liked but look at the dock now.

  7. Yun0 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2013
    Winnipeg, Canada
  8. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    I wish you could hide it.
  9. cmatuk thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2013
    I wish you could hide all icons.

    I really like that about Android (at least, default one), you can have your whole home screen with just one icon so the wallpaper shines or packed to the core with icons or widgets if you prefer.
  10. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    This is just my opinion and mine only but I don't care about Apple wallpapers at all. I always use the image of my alma mater, go GSU Panthers!
  11. TinaBelcher macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2017
    All wallpapers look bad on iOS, period. The frosted dock and childish oversized icons does not flatter any wallpaper.
  12. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    I’ve seen many nice ones in my time here
  13. Brenster macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Reminds me of the only possible wallpaper on my iPhone 3G way back when

    Currently using the iPad Pro ‘gold’ wallpaper that someone extracted from the iPP iOS image.
  14. cmatuk thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2013
    OH!, could you share it, please!?
  15. kmj2318 macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    My impression of their choice of wallpapers is that they treat each release as an art exhibit. They go through certain themes. Unlike you, I usually appreciate them. However, I don't know if I agree with the thematic approach they implement.

    The biggest issue with the theme approach is that it lacks variety, more so this year than ever. They've had some great wallpapers over the years that they should try to keep. This years selection is definitely to obnoxious of a style to appeal to many people. At least by not following a theme there could be something for someone.

    I wonder how much a factor the royalty costs are. I have a strong suspicion that there are fewer liscenxed images this year than ever. The space ones are free, the flowers are likely done in house (trace back their interest in singular flowers back to the animated watch faces, they've been doing it for years and it's something that can easily be done in house), and the rainbow is obviously in house. The few areal photos are likely liscenced. Not sure about the bright goo ones for the X.

    My issue is that the default images work best with rotation so it sucks when the remove good ones. They should try to get a larger variety of images instead of follow a theme.
  16. Huskieboy Suspended

    Sep 16, 2017
    Never see so many complaints over wallpapers. Just download Zedge or a million or her wallpaper apps and There ya go
  17. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I wish they could keep the signature wallpapers from the past too. I love the iOS mountain wallpaper and for some reason the online versions never look as good as when you set it up from the settings app.

    1: iOS 8 Mountain
    2: iOS 8 Underwater
    3: iOS 6 Water Ripple
  18. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2013
    I personally think that the stock wallpapers are hideous. The exception is iOS 8 which was gorgeous, it really complimented the design of the phone without being overly distractive.
  19. Brenster macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008

    Alll four are there; Silver, space grey, gold and rose gold. Obviously they’re meant to match the case of each color of iPad Pro (got the gold wallpaper on my own gold iPP) but they work and look great on my 6s with perspective zoom as well.

    I do wish Apple would bring back the seasons wallpapers from way back. Used to love the Fall/Autumnal phone wallpaper at this time of year.
  20. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Just fire up Safari on the device and go to a designer fabric vendor site and look at swatches of stuff in the batik category -- or hey whatever strikes your fancy, Alexander Henry has some nifty old cars and Route 66 prints lol. Find a swatch of fabric looks right to you, press down to save the image to your photos, go in Control Panel / Wallpaper and fish it back out of photo roll into your homescreen or lockscreen. I usually go to some place nice like and look in the batiks first. Here's my homescreen this time around, for now. I got it in the hand dyes and batiks section. This probably the closest I'm gonna get to the actual fabric after springing for the iPad Pro... :D


  21. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    People still use stock wallpapers?
  22. simonmet macrumors 68020


    Sep 9, 2012
  23. audirs5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2014
    Can someone tell me why my wallpapers always zoom in. I can't set a picture I like because they all zoom in
  24. EdUniverse macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2017
    Dang, having all this folders on my home screen would drive me insane
  25. simonmet macrumors 68020


    Sep 9, 2012

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