Anyone who saw the unveiling of the first iPhone at Macworld San Francisco in 2007 probably remembers the first time they saw the lock screen. Before Steve Jobs shifted the bar to unlock the phone, there was an image of two clownfish swimming in bright green coral that harks back to the Pixar classic “Finding Nemo.”
It was an instant classic, with one problem: it never really launched. When the iPhone arrived a few months later, there were several stock wallpapers, but the iconic clownfish image was not among them. We never knew why Apple chose to withhold the Phone OS 1 image, but now, 15 years later, it’s finally here.
In the third beta of iOS 16 for developers, Apple has added the classic clownfish wallpaper for the lock and home screens. If you select it as your lock screen wallpaper, two pieces of coral will overlap the clock numbers. It is an excellent homage to Steve’s original wallpaper.
While the wallpaper appears to be a new addition to iOS 16, some users didn’t see it after updating to the latest beta. And others released it a day later, meaning Apple may be adding the new image in stages as a server-side update.
The iOS 16 public beta is expected to launch this month, so you won’t have long to wait.