Big bite of Ap­ple e xpo­sure

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A shot of Al­bany’s coast cap­tured by aerial pho­tog­ra­phers Salty Wings could be seen by bil­lions around the world as a de­fault back­ground on Ap­ple’s next iOS up­date.

A picture of Al­bany’s Shel­ley beach could be­come the new de­fault back­ground for Ap­ple prod­ucts when it re­leases its new soft­ware up­date, iOS 11, in Septem­ber.

With Ap­ple plan­ning to up­date its mo­bile oper­at­ing sys­tem, three wall­pa­pers have been leaked by the tech giant, in­clud­ing one aptly named Al­bany Gold.

The im­age, cap­tured with a drone by Perth pair Salty Wings, high­lights the pic­turesque Al­bany coast­line and fea­tures an um­brella on the beach.

The dis­cov­ery was made by Al­bany tech guru Si­mon Black­burn, who said his ini­tial reaction was one of shock.

“A pris­tine beach ti­tled Al­banyGold threw my senses into over­load . . . could this im­age sim­ply be one of Al­bany’s nu­mer­ous se­cluded beaches?” he said.

Mr Black­burn, who runs his own news tech pod­cast at ap­pleslice., be­lieves the im­age of Shel­ley Beach is a strong chance to be cho­sen as the head­line wall­pa­per.

“In prior iOS re­leases, there have been sets of three wall­pa­pers that come in­stalled but only one gets used in all the mar­ket­ing,” he said. “For me, Shel­ley Beach is the best all­round photo.

“It’s vi­brant and ap­peal­ing and it doesn’t ob­struct your app lay­out and the tex­tures in it are quite sub­tle, so it serves a cleaner user in­ter­face.”

Salty Wings’ Michael Goetze said the pair had been ap­proached by Ap­ple via their Instagram ac­count.

Mr Goetze said the im­age was taken in late 2015.

“It was ac­tu­ally taken when we first started our pho­tog­ra­phy,” he said.

“We de­cided to go to the south coast and we stopped in at Shel­ley Beach.”

Salty Wings, which spe­cialises in high-res­o­lu­tion aerial im­agery, has a fo­cus on WA and Goetze said Al­bany was a favourite stop.

“I think WA as a whole is our aim,” he said.

“Al­bany def­i­nitely has a soft spot for us; it’s one of our favourite places.

“The space and the clean­li­ness of the ocean — there’s just so much space to your­self and it’s so pris­tine.”

Ap­ple’s an­nual World­wide De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence on June 5 will re­veal which of the three images is used as the de­fault wall­pa­per.

Picture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Picture: Salty Wings

A drone im­age of Al­bany’s Shel­ley Beach.

Spar­row is the fi­nal wall­pa­per leaked as part of the new iOS 11 up­date.

Picture: Air­pix­els

Rose Gold is one of the other wall­pa­pers leaked by Ap­ple.

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