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The latest iOS beta includes a subtle tribute to the late Steve Jobs

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At the end of last month, we pointed out that the iPhone had celebrated its 15th year of existence. There are many iPhone users who are not old enough to remember the excitement and hype that ensued during and after the device’s launch at Macworld, hosted by the late Steve Jobs. If you remember that day (January 9, 2007), you might remember that the wallpaper used on the iPhone when it was first introduced showed a few Clownfishes.
This wallpaper was also used in the first television commercial for the iPhone, the famous “Hello” spot that featured actors in different scenes from different movies answering a phone call and saying “Hello?” As iconic as this wallpaper became, it should be noted that Apple never shipped it for the iPhone. It was released for the Mac a few years after it appeared in the iPhone commercial.

A tweet from Twitter user and self-proclaimed tech geek Jack Roberts points out that in iOS 16 Beta 3, the Clownfish wallpaper has returned as an option for some iPhone users. Roberts’ tweet caught Bloomberg’s attention Mark Gurman who spread a tweet that read: “Some users seem 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’s never actually been with an iPhone delivered. Here we are 15 years later.”

What we don’t know is whether Apple is adding the Clownfish wallpaper to the final stable version of iOS 16, which is due out in September. In addition, not everyone who rocks an iPhone with iOS 16 Beta 3 received the Clownfish wallpaper. It seems to be a completely random process.

Now all you need to do is find a friend you speak to on the phone named Johnny Appleseed and you have completed your nostalgic vision. And yes, we consider this a subtle tribute to the late Apple co-founder and CEO. For eternity, Jobs will always be associated with the iPhone and its introduction. And the Clownfish wallpaper will always be associated with the iPhone.

Meet Tim Cook and the rest of the crew in Cupertino saluting the man who had the vision to make Apple what it is today.

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