Most of our readers will recognize the iOS 8 keynote event banner seen below, which is thanks to Apple putting these up inside the Moscone Center a couple of days ago.
What you might not realize is how similar the artwork behind the “8” number is to some stock photography. If this is true, then it could mean Apple used stock artwork in creating the banners at WWDC 2014.
You can see Water Rays artwork on a website named Green Box Art, and you can purchase this for yourself at just under $140 for a 30×20 size. The description explains that the artwork reveals light gently as it’s diffused within a lovely landscape.
While we reached out to Apple for comment, it is very unlikely they’ll reply and it would seem for now that Apple sourced the background artwork from GreenBox Art or a similar source licensed to use this art.
You can see a watermarked version of Water Rays above, although head over to the greenboxart.com store to purchase or look at the stock photography in more detail.
We did look on the Green Box Art Twitter channel and press section, although there’s no mention of any Apple related partnership, so this could just be someone at Apple paying to use the artwork on their iOS 8 keynote event banner. You can also read how some people are getting the WWDC iOS 8 preview and iPhone 6 mixed up, and see our last minute wish list for iOS 8 features.
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