Apple didn't give us macOS Monterey landscape wallpapers so these folks did

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What you need to know

  • macOS Monterey came with an abstract wallpaper instead of the now traditional landscape photograph.
  • A group of friends went out to create their own wallpapers and you can download them now.

Whenever Apple releases a new version of macOS we expect to be treated to a new landscape photo to use as our wallpaper. It's been that way for the last few years, but things changed with the arrival of macOS Monterey last month. Why, nobody knows. But it left some people disappointed and a subset of those people was so disappointed that they set about creating their own.

The result is not only a new static wallpaper for use on macOS Monterey but also a dynamic wallpaper that can be used, too.

You can even take the whole process in via the magic of online video streaming, too.

Over to Andrew Levitt and friends:

The question of what the wallpaper needed to show was a big one, with assumptions that Apple's abstract wallpaper was supposed to be Monterey Canyon throwing a spanner in the works — it's underwater and can't easily be photographed. Instead, the new photo wallpaper shows a rather breathtaking view found after a few days of hunting for the right spot.

They might not be Apple wallpapers, but these images are probably some of the best Mac wallpapers yet!

Anyone who wants to download the free wallpapers can do exactly that right now.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.