The artwork seen on the banner for iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 has been discovered on stock photo site GreenBox Art, revealing where Apple sourced the image.

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"Water Rays" artwork by Christopher Ross

Titled "Water Rays", the photo was taken by artist Christopher Ross, who is noted as being the principal photographer for National Geographic Channel's "Expedition Great White/ Shark Men" special and taking a particular interest in depicting marine life. The artwork itself is available to purchase for $139 on a 30x20 premium canvas.

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The banner displaying the artwork

The banner utilizing the artwork was first seen last week inside of the Moscone Center, as Apple will reveal iOS 8 for the first time during its WWDC keynote later today. iOS 8 is expected to retain the same general look as iOS 7, offering refinements along with new features including a new "Healthbook" app, new TextEdit and Preview apps, and possible improvements to both Siri and Maps.

Apple will be live streaming the event both on its website and on the Apple TV. MacRumors will also be providing a live blog, live tweets via the MacRumorsLive Twitter account, and a spoiler-free page for those who want to watch the full keynote afterward.

Top Rated Comments

ohbrilliance Avatar
118 months ago

This is just another symptom of Apple's inevitable decline.

With all due respect, what a load of twaddle.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mangomind Avatar
118 months ago
Awesome photo. I like it.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
T'hain Esh Kelch Avatar
118 months ago
A nice photo, to be sure.

But it's pretty lazy/ordinary of Apple to be using stock photography off the web for such an important banner. In the good old days, a specially commissioned team of photographers would have been dispatched to capture the perfect images for a new OS release.

This is just another symptom of Apple's inevitable decline.
I absolutely agree. I've always expected these photos to be from Steve or Cooks private vacations. And all those friendly people shown in Aperture/iPhoto/Mail demos are most likely not of their real friends or family after all. How could anyone have expected otherwise? I will never believe a keynote presentation anymore.

Apple is doomed for sure.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Phazer Avatar
118 months ago
Ps. Macrumors should reach out to the photographer for comment.

"Yes, the cheque did cash, thank you."
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
McFreggle Avatar
118 months ago
This is just another symptom of Apple's inevitable decline.

Oh man, really??? What a load of ***

One example: The Lion Apple used wasn't shot by Steve Jobs or one of his fantastic Apple photographers. It was also... stock photography.

As a matter of fact, the Lion was previously used by a Belgian far-right political party...





So really. If you want to keep shouting "APPLE IS DOOMED" then by all means: do so. But don't bother us with it.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SmoMo Avatar
118 months ago
cattaphobe

Oh man, really??? What a load of ***

One example: The Lion Apple used wasn't shot by Steve Jobs or one of his fantastic Apple photographers. It was also... stock photography.

As a matter of fact, the Lion was previously used by a Belgian far-right political party...

Image (http://www.thomasgeeraerts.be/wp-content/uploads/vlaamsekracht.jpg)

Image (http://www.apple4ever.nl/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/osx-lion-01.jpg)

So really. If you want to keep shouting "APPLE IS DOOMED" then by all means: do so. But don't bother us with it.

THAT'S NOT THE SAME LION !!
Man, they just all the same to you right?
You're like a racist, but for lions.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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