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Beautiful iPhone And iPad Retina Wallpapers

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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 Link

Abstract Wallpapers Link

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
Latest iPhone wallpapers and iPad backgrounds, which are regularly updated (1136×640px).

Your number one source for iPhone Wallpapers Your number one source for iPhone Wallpapers
Your number one source for iPhone Wallpapers Your number one source for iPhone Wallpapers

Abstract and 3D iPhone Wallpapers, Backgrounds and Themes6
A free source of wallpapers for all types of iPhones in 320×480px.

Abstract and 3D iPhone Wallpapers, Backgrounds and Themes7 Abstract and 3D iPhone Wallpapers, Backgrounds and Themes8

The Grid iPhone Wallpapers9
Wallpapers for all kinds of iPhones, also for iPhone 5 (1136×640px).

The Grid Blue10 The Grid Green11

The Verge Forums12
An aggregate album of beautiful iPhone 5-only (1136×640px) wallpapers.

iPhone 5 Wallpapers | The Verge Forums13

Artwork and Illustrations Link

Poolga14
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.15 Poolga. iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch wallpapers for the rest of us.16

Desktop wallpapers Vladstudio17
Wonderfully imaginative wallpapers for all types of iPhones and iPads.

Desktop wallpapers Vladstudio18 Desktop wallpapers Vladstudio19

Iconpaper20
Free wallpapers for iPhone 4/4S (640×940px).

Iconpaper21 Iconpaper22

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

Kermit Don't Panic

Pixelgirl23
Free wallpapers every type of iPhone and iPad.

Origami Fox24 Monster with Flower25

AppAdvice26
Various iPhone 5 Wallpapers (1136×640px).

Cloud27 Origami Bird28

Glennz Tees iPhone Wallpaper29
Funny and imaginative iPhone 4S (960×640px) wallpapers.

Delorian30 Aquarium31

Games Link

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

Zelda Emblem Zelda Emblem

Photography Link

Geeknaut32
100 HD iPhone Retina Wallpapers for iPhone 4 (960×640px).

Drops33 Highway34

InterfaceLift35
Free iPhone 4/iPhone 4S (960×640px), iPhone 5 (1136×640px) and iPad landscape wallpapers.

River in the Fall36 Fog in the Morning37

Typography Link

Typenuts38
A source for free iPhone (320×480px) and iPad (1024×768px) typography wallpapers.

iphone39 iphone40

iPhoneRuler 41
Themes and fonts for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Endor Font42 Ocean Theme43

Diverse Categories Link

CreativeFan44
97 hilarious and weird wallpapers for iPhone and iPad.

Charming Frog45

Daily iPhone Blog46
Every day new iPhone 4S/iPhone 4 (960×640px) and iPhone5 (1136×640px) wallpapers.

Moai47 Bubbles48

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

Yellow Plastic Chrome Geometry

Beautiful Pixels49
A collection of simple non-distracting iPhone 4/4S (960×640px) homescreen wallpapers.

Shelf50 Book Worm51

Urbanape52
You’ll find sober, non-distracting iPhone wallpapers here.

Sober Wallpapers53

chrisglass.com54
Varied artsy iPhone 4 (960×640px) wallpapers of all kinds.

Red Buttons55 Smiling Robot56

Retina Wallpaper57
Diverse Retina wallpapers for iPhone 4 (960×640px) and 5 (1136×640px).

City Street58 Leef59

imgur60
12 iPhone wallpapers (640×1136px).

Imgur iPhone Wallpapers61 Imgur iPhone Wallpapers62

iLikeWallpaper63
Retina iPhone 5 wallpapers (640×1136px).

64 65

iPhone 5 HD Wallpapers66
Hundreds of HD iPhone 5 wallpapers, in 18 categories and with daily updates.

67 68

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

dribbble69
A simple iPhone 5 Wallpaper set of 7 single-colored wallpapers in 640×1136px resolution.

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iPhone 5 Wallpapers71
A great source of many different kinds of iPhone5 wallpapers.

72 73

iPhone Wallpaper Club74
640×960px wallpapers for iPhone 4/4S.

75 76

iPad Wallpapers Link

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

2048px.com9477
86 beautiful illustrated and photographic wallpapers for iPad Retina Displays.

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iPad Walls79
More than 2000 iPad wallpapers and iPad backgrounds (1024×1024px) from 38 different categories.

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

Daily iPhone Blog81
Wallpapers for iPhone 4 (320×480px), 4S (640×960px) and 5 (640×1136px) and iPad (1024 and 2048px).

82 83

iPad Wallpapers That Don’t Suck84
A nice collection of 1024×1024px iPad wallpapers.

85

Geeknaut86
60 HD iPad wallpapers for Retina display (2048×2048px).

87

CHIP Online88
One hundred 2048×1536px wallpapers for iPad 3.

89

fiftyfootshadows90
A well rounded selection of 2048×2048px wallpapers for iPad 3.

91

t3n92
20 photographic and abstract iPad wallpapers for Retina Display, in a resolution range from 1024 to 2880px).

93

2048px.com9477
Beautiful iPad 3 wallpapers for Retina Display.

95

appgefahren96
15 Retina wallpapers for iPad 3 (some in 1600×1200px, most of them 2048×2048px).

97

inspirationfeed98
40 scenic, illustrated, landscape and other HD wallpapers for Retina iPad 3 (2048×2048px).

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iPad 3 Wallpapers100
2048×2048px wallpapers for iPad 3.

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makeuseof102
100+ Free Retina iPad wallpapers in 2048×2048px, good to scale down for previous generation devices too.

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

Cult of Mac104
Nice gathering of iPad wallpapers, with further links to many more great designs and styles.

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/06/100-really-beautiful-iphone-wallpapers/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/tag/wallpapers/
  3. 3 http://iphonefivewallpapers.tumblr.com/
  4. 4 http://iphonefivewallpapers.tumblr.com/
  5. 5 http://iphonefivewallpapers.tumblr.com/
  6. 6 http://www.alliphonewallpapers.com/category/id/1/
  7. 7 http://www.alliphonewallpapers.com/category/id/1/
  8. 8 http://www.alliphonewallpapers.com/category/id/1/
  9. 9 http://bartelme.at/material/thegrid/TheGrid.html
  10. 10 http://bartelme.at/material/thegrid/TheGrid.html
  11. 11 http://bartelme.at/material/thegrid/TheGrid.html
  12. 12 http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/24/3384374/iphone-5-wallpapers
  13. 13 http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/24/3384374/iphone-5-wallpapers
  14. 14 http://poolga.com/show/iphone4/2
  15. 15 http://poolga.com/show/iphone4/2
  16. 16 http://poolga.com/show/iphone4/2
  17. 17 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/?skip=24
  18. 18 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/?skip=24
  19. 19 http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/?skip=24
  20. 20 http://www.iconpaper.org/
  21. 21 http://www.iconpaper.org/
  22. 22 http://www.iconpaper.org/
  23. 23 http://pixelgirlpresents.com/
  24. 24 http://pixelgirlpresents.com/
  25. 25 http://pixelgirlpresents.com/
  26. 26 http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/09/awesome-iphone-5-wallpapers-you-can-experience-now
  27. 27 http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/09/awesome-iphone-5-wallpapers-you-can-experience-now
  28. 28 http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/09/awesome-iphone-5-wallpapers-you-can-experience-now
  29. 29 http://store.glennz.com/downloads.html
  30. 30 http://store.glennz.com/downloads.html
  31. 31 http://store.glennz.com/downloads.html
  32. 32 http://www.geeknaut.com/hd-retina-wallpaper-iphone-4-25191311.html
  33. 33 http://www.geeknaut.com/hd-retina-wallpaper-iphone-4-25191311.html
  34. 34 http://www.geeknaut.com/hd-retina-wallpaper-iphone-4-25191311.html
  35. 35 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/downloads/date/apple/iphone_4,_4s/
  36. 36 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/downloads/date/apple/iphone_4,_4s/
  37. 37 http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/downloads/date/apple/iphone_4,_4s/
  38. 38 http://typenuts.com/
  39. 39 http://typenuts.com/
  40. 40 http://typenuts.com/
  41. 41 http://www.iphoneruler.net/
  42. 42 http://www.iphoneruler.net/
  43. 43 http://www.iphoneruler.net/
  44. 44 http://creativefan.com/97-totally-hilarious-and-epicly-weird-wallpapers/
  45. 45 http://creativefan.com/97-totally-hilarious-and-epicly-weird-wallpapers/
  46. 46 http://dailyiphoneblog.com/category/iphone-wallpapers/
  47. 47 http://dailyiphoneblog.com/category/iphone-wallpapers/
  48. 48 http://dailyiphoneblog.com/category/iphone-wallpapers/
  49. 49 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/10-simple-iphone-backgrounds/
  50. 50 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/10-simple-iphone-backgrounds/
  51. 51 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/10-simple-iphone-backgrounds/
  52. 52 http://blog.urbanape.com/post/684440225/some-non-busy-iphone-wallpapers
  53. 53 http://blog.urbanape.com/post/684440225/some-non-busy-iphone-wallpapers
  54. 54 http://chrisglass.com/photos/2007/wallpapers/index.shtml
  55. 55 http://chrisglass.com/photos/2007/wallpapers/index.shtml
  56. 56 http://chrisglass.com/photos/2007/wallpapers/index.shtml
  57. 57 http://retinawallpaper.com/
  58. 58 http://retinawallpaper.com/
  59. 59 http://retinawallpaper.com/
  60. 60 http://imgur.com/a/3W0MT
  61. 61 http://imgur.com/a/3W0MT
  62. 62 http://imgur.com/a/3W0MT
  63. 63 http://www.ilikewallpaper.net/iPhone-5-wallpapers
  64. 64 http://www.ilikewallpaper.net/iPhone-5-wallpapers
  65. 65 http://www.ilikewallpaper.net/iPhone-5-wallpapers
  66. 66 http://iphone5hdwallpapers.com/
  67. 67 http://iphone5hdwallpapers.com/
  68. 68 http://iphone5hdwallpapers.com/
  69. 69 http://dribbble.com/shots/739817-Simple-iPhone-5-Wallpaper-Set-Freebie
  70. 70 http://dribbble.com/shots/739817-Simple-iPhone-5-Wallpaper-Set-Freebie
  71. 71 http://www.iphone5wp.com/
  72. 72 http://www.iphone5wp.com/
  73. 73 http://www.iphone5wp.com/
  74. 74 http://iphonewallpaperclub.com/category/nature/
  75. 75 http://iphonewallpaperclub.com/category/nature/
  76. 76 http://iphonewallpaperclub.com/category/nature/
  77. 77 http://2048px.com/
  78. 78 http://2048px.com/
  79. 79 http://ipadwalls.com/
  80. 80 http://ipadwalls.com/
  81. 81 http://dailyiphoneblog.com/
  82. 82 http://dailyiphoneblog.com/
  83. 83 http://dailyiphoneblog.com/
  84. 84 http://ipadwallpapersthatdontsuck.tumblr.com/
  85. 85 http://ipadwallpapersthatdontsuck.tumblr.com/
  86. 86 http://www.geeknaut.com/ipad-retina-wallpapers-19196000.html
  87. 87 http://www.geeknaut.com/ipad-retina-wallpapers-19196000.html
  88. 88 http://www.chip.de/bildergalerie/Top-100-Wallpaper-fuer-iPad-3-Galerie_54893279.html
  89. 89 http://www.chip.de/bildergalerie/Top-100-Wallpaper-fuer-iPad-3-Galerie_54893279.html
  90. 90 http://fiftyfootshadows.net/2012/03/19/retina-ipad/
  91. 91 http://fiftyfootshadows.net/2012/03/19/retina-ipad/
  92. 92 http://t3n.de/news/20-ipad-wallpaper-furs-retina-377758/
  93. 93 http://t3n.de/news/20-ipad-wallpaper-furs-retina-377758/
  94. 94 http://2048px.com/
  95. 95 http://2048px.com/
  96. 96 http://www.appgefahren.de/ausgewahlte-retina-wallpaper-furs-ipad-3-38714.html
  97. 97 http://www.appgefahren.de/ausgewahlte-retina-wallpaper-furs-ipad-3-38714.html
  98. 98 http://inspirationfeed.com/wallpapers/40-hd-retina-display-ipad-3-wallpapers/
  99. 99 http://inspirationfeed.com/wallpapers/40-hd-retina-display-ipad-3-wallpapers/
  100. 100 http://www.ipad3wallpapers.com/
  101. 101 http://www.ipad3wallpapers.com/
  102. 102 http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/100-free-retina-ipad-wallpapers
  103. 103 http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/100-free-retina-ipad-wallpapers
  104. 104 http://www.cultofmac.com/153422/gorgeous-wallpapers-for-your-new-ipads-retina-display-gallery/
  105. 105 http://www.cultofmac.com/153422/gorgeous-wallpapers-for-your-new-ipads-retina-display-gallery/
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  1. 1

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

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  2. 2

    Great article, thanks for this wonderful list. As iOS7 is now nearing, I wanted to add 1iphone5wallpaper.com to the list of wonderful sources for iPhone 5 Wallpapers

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  3. 3

    Great collection! To update for iOs7 parallax effect i use http://iphone5retinawallpaper.com

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  4. 4

    Great article. Also I found some great wallpapers for iPhone retina display on http://wallpapersmobile.net/

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  5. 5

    I found some real wallpapers with 3D effects here: http://appshacks.net/top-best-3d-hd-retina-wallpapers-for-ipad/

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