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The origin of the iPhone 6’s new milky way wallpaper (Interview)

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The origin of the iPhone 6’s new milky way wallpaper (Interview)

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For most individuals, the choice of which wallpaper to decide on in your iPhone is only a matter of going by way of your photograph library to seek out the fitting image. For Espen Haagensen, nevertheless, the method simply turned an entire lot simpler. Starting September 17th, a photograph of the Milky Way he captured whereas in Norway will turn out to be the default wallpaper in iOS H, software program that might be downloaded a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of occasions by customers all all over the world.

Two days later, on September nineteenth, numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units will start delivery out to clients, all preloaded with the identical shot. I talked to Espen concerning the photograph’s origins and the way it feels to be so prominently featured by Apple.

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Haagensen’s unique photograph (left) and Apple’s model (proper). [Photo Credit]

According to Haagensen, the picture was captured final December throughout a ski journey with a mountain group within the Norwegian Trekking Association:

Every yr we take the practice up within the mountains and ski for H-S hours to get [to] the Demmevass hut. The hut could be very distant and previous and is located near a glacier. After we get there we put together conventional Norwegian Christmas meals. The subsequent day we ski again to the railroad earlier than we take the practice house.

I do various starscapes and Milky Way photographs however this was the primary time I introduced an honest extensive angle and full measurement tripod to Demmevass. There was a relatively huge moon so the Milky Way was faint, however round midnight there have been some skies and the moon disappeared and I was capable of seize a pleasant collection.

The Demmevass hut Espen speaks of is the small constructing pictured within the unique photograph above. Apple eliminated the construction from the delivery model of the wallpaper, more likely to create a extra easy picture.

Espen initially shared the picture on the photography site 500px, the place the picture garnered lots of consideration. While he by no means requested Apple how they discovered the picture, he suspects it was because of its reputation. Espen describes how Apple approached him concerning the photograph:

I was approached a few months in the past by Apple, they needed to license the picture for non-broadcast use. Then a while in July they needed to prolong the license to additionally embrace broadcast use. I didn’t know earlier than yesterday what they have been going to make use of it for. A colleague referred to as me throughout the Apple presentation.

Imagine the shock of Apple utilizing your picture to advertise the model new iPhone S. Espen say’s that it’s a bit bizarre figuring out so many individuals will see the picture, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly a proud accomplishment.

You can learn extra concerning the location the photograph was taken here (Google Translate hyperlink), together with some alternate shots from the identical night time.


Filed underneath: iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: 500px, default, iOS 8, norway, Wallpaper

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