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oli2

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Jun 13, 2023
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Have any of you realized that the Windows XP hill (the bliss wallpaper) was shot in Sonoma, California, the same place MacOS Sonoma was named after? Was this purposeful? Maybe Apple is making a tribute to Windows XP? Or possibly their “Get a Mac” ad campaign, which started when XP was still the primary operating system for PCs.
 

Siliconpsychosis

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May 18, 2023
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i highly doubt it, i would even wager that a good chunk of the marketing team responsible for these things arent old enough to have even used XP let alone know the history of the bliss wallpaper.

Its more than likely just a coincidence, there are only so many useable place names after all.
 

dmccloud

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Have any of you realized that the Windows XP hill (the bliss wallpaper) was shot in Sonoma, California, the same place MacOS Sonoma was named after? Was this purposeful? Maybe Apple is making a tribute to Windows XP? Or possibly their “Get a Mac” ad campaign, which started when XP was still the primary operating system for PCs.

If the XP wallpaper had been known as Sonoma instead of Bliss, there could be some level of connection there. However, Apple isn't exactly the type of company who would give credit to their main competitor in the OS space. I think Sonoma was just the next entry on their list of California names for Mac OS.
 

gilby101

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Mar 17, 2010
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It is still a great wallpaper. Here it is in my Sonoma VM:

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I am sure that the connection would have been known within Apple. But that wouldn't matter. It gets a mention on the Wikipedia page for Sonoma County.
 
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thebart

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Feb 19, 2023
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Honestly the XP wallpaper looks better, old and hackneyed as it has become. The Sonoma version looks cartoony
 
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