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

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.


Great news!

Google images seems more than adequate.

But it isn’t Unsplash. Unsplash is guaranteed high resolution pics without no problems, Google Images is hit and miss. Personally on several of my articles last year I used pics from Unsplash.

Google images has a quality filter.

Still Unsplash is better overall is my point. No journalist or blogger will spend time messing with filters on Google Images when Unsplash practically hands you the best photos you need for an article as soon as you get on it plus they come in ridiculous resolutions. That’s why it is so popular with writers. An app only makes it so people can use images while posting to their medium account. I am guilty of doing just that.

Unsplash uses the copy zero license for all of there images, so you can use them for commercial purposes for free.

Yeah you run into licensing issues with Google images sometimes which is another thing i forgot to mention.

The best Unsplash app for Android is called Resplash and it’s one of the best designed apps I’ve ever seen. So I’m not even bummed about no Android version, there’s no need for one.

Do whatever you want with your lock screen, but the best wallpaper is still solid black. And now with OLED, it is the most power efficient too.

One step closer to the death of professional photography!

Do you realize that people upload and share their work with the world voluntarily?

Yes! That sadly doesn’t change the fact that it’s undermining big parts of the industry and destroys it for lots of people who fight everyday to make photography a living.

100%. This site takes full advantage of naive photographers with the idea that potential exposure will turn into big jobs. It’s pathetic and embarrassing to the industry.

If you want to make a living out of your passion, you have to REALLY stand out from the crowd when democratization (easier-to-use cameras and post process software, free sharing services) hits your particular field.
I remember when digital cameras came out and self-entitled "real photographers" complained about that too.

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