iOS 11 brings back legendary wallpapers from original iPhone home and lockscreen

Right on time, iOS 11 was released yesterday to a successful launch on a wide range of iPhones and iPads. Along with the many exciting new features it was expected to bring, though, Apple's latest mobile OS also introduced, or rather re-introduced, something that nostalgic iPhone fans would be delighted to experience once again – the default homescreen and lockscreen wallpapers from the original iPhone (2007)!

It turns out, the iPhone X (pronounced "ten") isn't the only anniversary party Apple's throwing, and what better way to relive the glorious moments of powering on the original iPhone for the first time ten years ago, than to dress up our modern-day iPhones in the very same clothes their beloved ancestor used to wear?

Those who remember the original iPhone are probably getting a bit confused right now. "Wait a minute!" they say, "The original iPhone didn't have a homescreen wallpaper..." And that would be entirely correct. The first iPhone's signature grid of icons was laid on top of black, empty space. We aren't even sure if it was a black image, or if it was just no graphics there at all, in order to conserve resources. Probably the latter. But since modern iPhone can't have nothing for a wallpaper, users who've updated to iOS 11 will now find a completely black image as the last possible choice from their stock wallpapers.

But while the original iPhone never supported homescreen wallpapers (those were introduced with iOS 4, and iPhone 1 didn't get iOS 4), it did support gorgeous lockscreen wallpapers. The default one was a beautiful photograph of planet Earth. And now, iPhone users can once again hold Earth in the palm of their hand with iOS 11.

Related phones

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    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware , 0.1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 1400 mAh
  • OS iOS 3.x
iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



8. osterrich21

Posts: 190; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Apple motto: always backward, forward never!

12. Xilam unregistered

Nope, it’s “Think Different”.

7. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

This is the first time i've heard the words "legendary" and "wallpaper" used in the same sentence.

10. matistight

Posts: 1066; Member since: May 13, 2009

Pretty sure Barney has said it a few times

11. Xilam unregistered

Legen... wait for it.... ....dary!

5. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

LMAO, it's so damn easy to amaze sheeple.

4. pecapello

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Hahahahah it’s a freaking black wallpaper and you guys are seriously praising it... Jesus Christ apple’s payments must maintain this whole website.

3. haruken

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

An all black picture? Must be a revolution.

6. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I hear apple invented Black, never existed before 2007

9. matistight

Posts: 1066; Member since: May 13, 2009

Black MacBook was 2006


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

This is just amazing. 1000?! I'll pay 2000!


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Legendary wallpaper for legendary princess.... Priceless... Pulling out all the stops this time... Oh the joy of it.

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