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Unsplash, tech’s favorite stock image site, now has an iOS app

Unsplash, tech’s favorite stock image site, now has an iOS app

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Unsplash, the apparent stock image database of choice for Silicon Valley companies, is launching an iOS app for creators and hobbyists to browse through catalogs of high quality photos to use in a creative project or any other personal use. Today’s launch is Unsplash’s third foray into apps — it launched a macOS app last year solely designed for rotating wallpapers on a Mac computer, and a similar app for the Apple TV in 2016.

The new mobile app is optimized to be best used with an iPad — users can drag photos they like to the lower left corner to download the image, or use multi-screen mode to drop the picture into a project file they’re working on. Unsplash fills its database with stock images from a community of photographers willing to license their photos out for free. Users can search for images by keywords or formats, such as “iPhone backgrounds” or “desktop wallpaper.”


In recent years, Unsplash has partnered with several big tech names, including Google for the Pixel’s Artworks Live Cases, but it’s best known for collaborating with Apple on some of the images you may have seen on product listings and through the “Shot with iPhone” campaign. Bloggers and designers have been able to use sites like Shopify’s Burst for free stock images, though they are generally geared toward marketing uses whereas Unsplash offers options for those who just want to browse through nice photography to use as a homepage / desktop background or lock screen.

Unsplash’s history of working with Apple means an Android version of its apps won’t be available just yet, though in the meantime it currently offer a Google Chrome extension for beautifying browser tabs.