The MacOS Sonoma wallpaper echoes Windows XP, and for good reason…
During WWDC 2023, Apple released MacOS Sonoma, a new version of its operating system for Mac. In big news, we can now mention widgets that can be positioned on the desktop, thus reminding us of Windows 8 or the arrival of Game Mode, which will mark an important turning point in computer history.
But before all that, let’s take a closer look at what Apple showed from Sonoma. Starting with the first image, it also serves as the wallpaper for this release. Behind the stylized effect, we guess a green mountain under a cloudy sky. Does this definition remind you of anything? The iconic Windows XP wallpaper, Bliss, was recently revisited in 4K and may be one of the most viewed photos in history.
Is the parallel a bit distant? Not so fast.
What you need to know about Windows XP wallpaper is that it’s almost an untouched photo. It was taken by National Geographic photographer Charles O’Rear in California, between the Napa and Sonoma county borders.
Yes, versions of MacOS are named after places where they exist, so it originated in the hills of California.
Apple’s new wallpaper is inspired by the photo location that provided the world’s most popular wallpaper. Whether Apple did it on purpose or not remains to be seen, but not giving a nod to its main competitor seems pretty big.
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