In the first of a series of articles, today I will be discussing the version of iOS that started it all: iPhone OS 1. That version, which was on the first iPhone launched in 2007, had an iconic default wallpaper that over the years remains one of the most loved by Apple. Like the iPhone itself, the default wallpaper was a fresh take on an old idea: Making your handheld device more person.
Apple announced iPhone OS 1 at the iPhone keynote event on January 9, 2007. That event, one of the most recognized launches in technology history, had Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs introduce the iPhone and the multi-touch touchscreen that came along with it. Truthfully, it is hard to not overstate how much of a watershed moment the launch of the iPhone was for the phone industry and, arguably, Apple itself.
If you’ve never seen the video of Steve Jobs introducing the original iPhone, you can watch it on YouTube.
The general public did not see iPhone OS 1 until June 29, 2007. That is when the original iPhone became available and it was an instant hit. Ultimately, there would be two different versions of the original iPhone OS. Version 1.0 is what launched with the original iPhone. There were also 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 releases which primarily focused on bug fixes and improvements. Version 1.1 was released on September 14, 2007 and was primarily aimed and brining support for the first generation iPod Touch. The last of the .1 train was version 1.1.5 which brought security updates to the iPod Touch. It was released on July 15, 2008. Apple stopped supporting iPhone OS 1 on May 18, 2010.
The iconic wallpaper for both iPhone OS version 1 and version 2 and truthfully, there were two wallpapers on this version of iPhone OS. First was the Blue Marble. This image of Earth was actually shot by NASA but Apple used it as a default wallpaper for their new smartphone. You can download the image below by right clicking it and saving it to your device. It is rather small by today’s standard at 320×480 pixels but keep in mind, that was the resolution of the first iPhone.
The second, and perhaps more popular wallpaper was the Clown Fish. The image below measures 2000×2000 so you can easily make it work on your modern iPhone.
Enjoy these great wallpapers on your devices and coming soon, I’ll share the default wallpaper in iPhone OS 3.