iOS 16 beta 3 includes a hidden easter egg to celebrate 15 years since the launch of the original iPhone
Apple has today rolled out the third developer beta of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, continuing the beta cycle following the release of the second developer beta of the software two weeks ago, which brought bug fixes and improvements following the initial reveal and first developer preview of the new updates for iPhone and iPad at WWDC in June.
With this year marking 15 years since Apple released the very first iPhone back in 2007, iOS 16 beta 3 has added a hidden easter egg to celebrate the iPhone’s major milestone, with 9to5Mac finding a remastered version of the classic clownfish wallpaper seen on the very first iPhone with iOS 16’s internal files.
As noted by 9to5Mac and users on Twitter, the new wallpaper only appears to be available for a handful of users — some developers running the beta have it, others don’t, and there doesn’t appear to be a way to get the wallpaper to show if it isn’t on the list already, suggesting that today’s update includes a bug with the wallpaper settings.
Some users appear to be seeing a new Clownfish wallpaper in iOS 16 beta 3. This is the wallpaper Steve Jobs used when the original iPhone was announced in 2007 — but it never actually ever shipped with any iPhone. Here we are 15 years later. https://t.co/OLTvb1KVJG
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) July 6, 2022
Despite the clownfish wallpaper featuring in Apple’s on-stage iPhone demo, the wallpaper never was released publicly, with Apple seemingly honouring 15 years since the device’s first appearance by finally releasing a remastered version of the classic in a gentle nod to Steve Jobs.
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