Beautiful iPhone And iPad Retina Wallpapers


Back in 2009, Smashing Magazine presented 100 (Really) Beautiful iPhone Wallpapers1. In the meantime Apple has shaken the industry with iPhones 4, 4S and 5, as well as iPad 1, 2, 3, and not to forget to mention the brand new iPad mini and iPad 4 — stunning devices that steal the show with the best ever displays and gigantic resolutions. Having your hands on these masterpieces, how about enriching your device with a wallpaper that makes your thingamajig look even better than it already does.

We proudly present you a great collection of iPhone and iPad wallpaper sources, including lots of different designs and styles, from artistic and abstract to photographic and illustrated images. The introduced sites offer a huge variety of categories, so there’s something for everyone. The resolutions range from 640×960px to 2048×1536px, optimized for the different appliances. All of the images are clickable and linked to their source. You can explore further artistic treasures and more wallpapers by using the links.

You might also want to take a look at Smashing Magazine’s Quality Design Wallpapers2, a growing collection of professional desktop wallpapers in various resolutions, with or without a calendar for the upcoming month. Released in the end of every month.

iPhone 4S And iPhone 5 Wallpapers

Abstract Wallpapers

iPhone 5 Wallpapers3
A collection of iPhone 5 wallpapers related to a variety of topics in 1136×640px (sci-fi, nature, art, abstract).

iPhone 5 Wallpapers4 iPhone 5 Wallpapers5

A Vast Collection of iPhone Wallpapers 6
Latest iPhone wallpapers and iPad backgrounds, which are regularly updated (1136×640px).

Your number one source for iPhone Wallpapers 7 Your number one source for iPhone Wallpapers 8
Your number one source for iPhone Wallpapers 9 Your number one source for iPhone Wallpapers 10

Abstract and 3D iPhone Wallpapers, Backgrounds and Themes11
A free source of wallpapers for all types of iPhones in 320×480px.

Abstract and 3D iPhone Wallpapers, Backgrounds and Themes12 Abstract and 3D iPhone Wallpapers, Backgrounds and Themes13

The Grid iPhone Wallpapers14
Wallpapers for all kinds of iPhones, also for iPhone 5 (1136×640px).

The Grid Blue15 The Grid Green16

The Verge Forums17
An aggregate album of beautiful iPhone 5-only (1136×640px) wallpapers.

iPhone 5 Wallpapers | The Verge Forums18

Artwork and Illustrations

iPhone Retina, iPhone 5, iPad, iPad Retina and iPod Touch wallpapers for the rest of us.

Poolga. iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch wallpapers for the rest of us.20 Poolga. iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch wallpapers for the rest of us.21

Desktop wallpapers Vladstudio22
Wonderfully imaginative wallpapers for all types of iPhones and iPads.

Desktop wallpapers Vladstudio23 Desktop wallpapers Vladstudio24

Free wallpapers for iPhone 4/4S (640×940px).

Iconpaper26 Iconpaper27

Iconic iPhone 5 (1136×640px) and iPad wallpapers.

Kermit29 Don't Panic30

Free wallpapers every type of iPhone and iPad.

Origami Fox32 Monster with Flower33

Various iPhone 5 Wallpapers (1136×640px).

Cloud35 Origami Bird36

Glennz Tees iPhone Wallpaper37
Funny and imaginative iPhone 4S (960×640px) wallpapers.

Delorian38 Aquarium39


Videogame Greats iPhone Wallpaper Pack40
A creative iPhone 4 Wallpaper pack sized at 960×640 and 326ppi resolution.

Zelda Emblem41 Zelda Emblem42


100 HD iPhone Retina Wallpapers for iPhone 4 (960×640px).

Drops44 Highway45

Free iPhone 4/iPhone 4S (960×640px), iPhone 5 (1136×640px) and iPad landscape wallpapers.

River in the Fall47 Fog in the Morning48


A source for free iPhone (320×480px) and iPad (1024×768px) typography wallpapers.

iphone50 iphone51

iPhoneRuler 52
Themes and fonts for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Endor Font53 Ocean Theme54

Diverse Categories

97 hilarious and weird wallpapers for iPhone and iPad.

Charming Frog56

Daily iPhone Blog57
Every day new iPhone 4S/iPhone 4 (960×640px) and iPhone5 (1136×640px) wallpapers.

Moai58 Bubbles59

3D iPhone wallpapers60
Different iPhone 4/4S (960×640px) 3D wallpapers.

Yellow Plastic61 Chrome Geometry62

Beautiful Pixels63
A collection of simple non-distracting iPhone 4/4S (960×640px) homescreen wallpapers.

Shelf64 Book Worm65

You’ll find sober, non-distracting iPhone wallpapers here.

Sober Wallpapers67

Varied artsy iPhone 4 (960×640px) wallpapers of all kinds.

Red Buttons69 Smiling Robot70

Retina Wallpaper71
Diverse Retina wallpapers for iPhone 4 (960×640px) and 5 (1136×640px).

City Street72 Leef73

12 iPhone wallpapers (640×1136px).

Imgur iPhone Wallpapers75 Imgur iPhone Wallpapers76

Retina iPhone 5 wallpapers (640×1136px).

78 79

iPhone 5 HD Wallpapers80
Hundreds of HD iPhone 5 wallpapers, in 18 categories and with daily updates.

81 82

Duckfarm Blog83
11 illustrated and photographic 640×1136px wallpapers for iPhone 5 and iPod Touch (5th gen).

84 85

A simple iPhone 5 Wallpaper set of 7 single-colored wallpapers in 640×1136px resolution.


iPhone 5 Wallpapers88
A great source of many different kinds of iPhone5 wallpapers.

89 90

iPhone Wallpaper Club91
640×960px wallpapers for iPhone 4/4S.

92 93

iPad Wallpapers

A nice selection of cheeky and outright artwork by designers and artists for iPhone and iPad screens.

95 96

86 beautiful illustrated and photographic wallpapers for iPad Retina Displays.


iPad Walls99
More than 2000 iPad wallpapers and iPad backgrounds (1024×1024px) from 38 different categories.


iPad Wallpapers by sciphone101
Thousands of 1024×1024px iPad wallpapers.


Daily iPhone Blog103
Wallpapers for iPhone 4 (320×480px), 4S (640×960px) and 5 (640×1136px) and iPad (1024 and 2048px).

104 105

iPad Wallpapers That Don’t Suck106
A nice collection of 1024×1024px iPad wallpapers.


60 HD iPad wallpapers for Retina display (2048×2048px).


CHIP Online110
One hundred 2048×1536px wallpapers for iPad 3.


A well rounded selection of 2048×2048px wallpapers for iPad 3.


20 photographic and abstract iPad wallpapers for Retina Display, in a resolution range from 1024 to 2880px).


Beautiful iPad 3 wallpapers for Retina Display.


15 Retina wallpapers for iPad 3 (some in 1600×1200px, most of them 2048×2048px).


40 scenic, illustrated, landscape and other HD wallpapers for Retina iPad 3 (2048×2048px).


iPad 3 Wallpapers122
2048×2048px wallpapers for iPad 3.


100+ Free Retina iPad wallpapers in 2048×2048px, good to scale down for previous generation devices too.


A great collection of high-resolution (1024×1024px) iPad wallpapers of diverse styles, updated daily.


Cult of Mac128
Nice gathering of iPad wallpapers, with further links to many more great designs and styles.


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  1. 1

    Thanks for the list, i like that Panda Kung Fu wallpaper.
    You might want to see – they have some good quality iPhone wallpapers there too.

  2. 2

    Great article, thanks for this wonderful list. As iOS7 is now nearing, I wanted to add to the list of wonderful sources for iPhone 5 Wallpapers

  3. 3

    Great collection! To update for iOs7 parallax effect i use


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