These websites will provide you hundreds of thousands of high quality images that you can use however you like – for free!
Whether it’s album artwork or a promotional image, if you’re using an image online or commercially you either need to have the copyright for it or even better – find a copyright -free image!
Here we’ve collected some of the best websites we know where you can browse thousands upon thousands of images and download them to use how you like for free. Be sure to still check the permissions when you download an image as there may be certain restrictions.
If you’re looking for endless choice then Pixabay should be the site you choose. They have nearly 2 million images that you can download for free and use without worry of copyrights.
Amongst their images are photos, illustrations, vector designs, and videos all available to explore, download, and use. It’s a beautiful range covering a diverse range of mediums so you can find the style best suited to what you’re looking for.
Pikwizard is a new site with an already huge collection of over 100,000 free images and videos which are free from copyright to use. With a goal of offering over 1 million images and videos in total they promise to be even more of a wealthy resource than they already are.
Pikwizard also boast exclusivity on a bunch of their images, so you won’t find them anywhere else. They also have a focus on nabbing stock-style images which you might usually only find on paid stock image websites – incredibly handy for businesses!
In addition, their website features it’s very own graphic design tool so you can jump right in to edit the image and get it looking how you want it for use in whatever you like. There is a lot of brilliant content in this fresh new site.
Unsplash have a brilliant catalogue with such a huge variety of images that you should be able to search whatever you’re looking for and find results.
That being said, the search results aren’t always as specific as you’d like but browsing is simple and throws up some gorgeous and unexpected pictures.
Most of the images come from the photographers themselves so you’re getting the content and permission to use it straight from the source.
With copyright-free images you’re free to use them however you want – except sell the images without huge modifications – but it’s always nice to credit the original photographer/artist where possible! Happy browsing.
Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) gets a hands-on look at the dummy iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models and highlights some of the rumoured features.
The iPhone 12s are expected to be debuted on stage in September or October later this year. Marques goes through some of the design changes with the three dummy models.
iPhone 12 – 5.4″
iPhone 12 Pro – 6.2″
iPhone 12 Pro Max – 6.7″
Points in the video include an iPad Pro/iPhone 4 like design with squared/boxy edges and a glass back, notch size, thickness, as well as his thoughts on rumoured features such as 120Hz display, cameras, 4k 240fps, LiDAR and 5G.
The Polk BOOM Bit Clip-On Bluetooth Speaker is the cheapest speaker I’ve ever seen, coming in at just 99p.
The “wearable” flash drive-sized mini bluetooth speaker features a clip for easy attachment to clothes, 3-hour battery life, built-in USB for charging, as well as buttons for volume, call answering, play/pause, next/previous track buttons on the speaker.
It’s loud enough, but not the best sound quality (of course), but could replace a busted phone speaker, or to get sound in small places when you phone is stashed in a bag.
On sale currently on Ebuyer.com, the speaker is usually £3.82. Today it’s just £0.99 with shipping from £3.49, making this a great impulse buy. It comes in Sports Blue and Lava Red.
Apple’s second generation AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are currently $50 cheaper than new, when bought refurbished from Best Buy.
The second generation AirPods feature an H1 wireless chip for faster switch between connected devices and “Hey Siri” voice functionality.
The AirPods are fully tested by Best Buy, but there could be some minor scratches on the glossy white plastic case. The product comes with a 90-day warranty, against the one-year warranty offered on new AirPods from Apple.
Currently iPhone 11 and SE come with a USB cable, 5W power adapter and EarPods, while the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max come with a USB cable, 18W power adapter and EarPods.
Apple’s production cost appears to be much higher on the iPhone 12 with 5G tech than previous years. The exclusion of the wall adapter and EarPods will also save on shipping cost and reduce e-waste. Around 300,000 tons of e-waste came from in-box chargers last year. Apple will likely either not mention this at the October iPhone event or will combat the move with eco reasons. The removal of EarPods will also boost AirPods sales.
Don’t believe the headlines saying “no charger in the box”. The iPhone will come with a Lightning to USB cable as it always has. Apple are simply dropping the wall adapter. If you’re upgrading from literally any phone, you’ll almost certainly already have a wall adapter. If not, you can get an 18W adapter for $12.99 that’s likely faster than any you’ve got lying around at home.
Kuo also reports that Apple are developing a 20W fast charger for new iPad models. A 10.8-inch iPad is said to be due later this year, with a 8.5-inch iPad mini due in the first half of 2021.
What is Apple Silicon and how will it affect the future of the Mac?
Being more of an announcement of plans, there was no public release with this one, but it was still the biggest news of the day.
Apple will be developing their own ARM-based chips, rather than using Intel processors for their Mac computers.
We can expect to see the first systems by the end of the year, with a full transition period of around two-years. Apple made it clear support and building Intel Macs will continue for now, with new Intel Macs in the pipeline.
Apple Silicon marks a huge point in Apple’s history, taking the success of processing power in the iPhone and iPad, and brings it to the Mac. This is done through optimisation with hardware and software both managed by Apple. We can expect Macs with higher performance and lower power consumption leading to better battery life and thermals, allowing Apple to make thinner and quieter laptops than ever. No more will Apple be waiting on Intel to develop faster and smaller processors. The transition period could be messy, but Apple are doing everything in their power to ensure the process is smooth, with all their own apps (including pro apps, such as Logic and Final Cut) immediately ready for the switch and they’re working with companies such as Microsoft and Adobe to ensure popular software such as Office and Creative Cloud are optimized day-one. Xcode, Universal 2 and Rosetta 2 will ensure third-party apps work across Intel and Apple Silicon.
The online-only WWDC showcased some of the impressive software updates Apple have been working on. Here are all the highlights from the watchOS 7 update.
Apple Watch gets a few added small features as well as Sleep Tracking.
New watch faces and new compilations from Apple. You can now also add multiple compilations on one watch face, from one third-party app.
Face Sharing lets you share curated watch faces with friends. Discover new curated faces in the App Stores, online or in a message.
Cycling also comes to the watch. This is a great way to get directions without pulling out your phone while on a bike.
Dancing as well as new fitness activities can be tracked and counted towards calories burned, including Core Training, Functional Strength Training and Cooldown.
The Activity app on the iPhone gets a redesign and new name: Fitness.
Sleep lets you set when you want to go to sleep and wakeup. Wind Down minimizes distractions, and dims the displays on your phone and watch to help you sleep. New gentle alarms wake you up with sound of silent taps. Your motion and breaths will be monitored, giving you stats on sleeping patterns over time. Sleep schedule, Wind Down and sleep mode are also available on the iPhone with no watch. Night time was always the time to charge your watch. Apple are now encouring users to charge in the morning.
Hand washing detection automatically starts counting down when it detects the sounds and motion of washing your hands. It will alert your once 20 seconds is up.
watchOS 7 is available on Apple Watch Series 3 and up.
The online-only WWDC showcased some of the impressive software updates Apple have been working on. Here are all the highlights from the macOS 11 Big Sur update.
macOS 10 was publicly released in 2001. Nearly 20 years later, and macOS 11 provides a whole new interface. Almost every aspect macOS has changed in some way, with a new dock, rounded corners everywhere, more transparency, translucent menu bar, more drop shadows, new app icons, new system icons and new sounds. The redesign has received mixed feelings all-round. The entire OS seems to be suited for touch now, which could indicate touch screen Macs or an eventual merger of iOS or macOS in some shape or form. Expect rounded displays coming to Macs in the near future, much like iPhones and iPad Pros.
Control Center comes to the Mac, with toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, music, Dark Mode and more.
Notification Center collates notifications and redesigned widgets in one view.
Safari has new security benefits, including monitoring tracking and letting you know if a saved password has been compromised in a data breach. You can now give extension access for only one day, one website or always on all sites. Customize the start page with a wallpaper and tabs are redesigned.
macOS Big Sur is available on MacBook 2015 and up, MacBook Air 2013 and up, MacBook Pro Late 2013 and up, Mac mini 2014 and up, iMac 2014 and up, iMac Pro (all models), Mac Pro 2013 and up.
The online-only WWDC showcased some of the impressive software updates Apple have been working on. Here are all the highlights from the iOS 14 update.
iPhone’s newest update shows one of the biggest updates since iOS 7’s huge redesign. It borrows many features we’ve seen on Android, but with their own unique Apple twist. Beyond all the memes, Apple and Android stealing features from each other is a great result for the customer. Tech nerds are going to find plenty of customization options to keep them entertained, but the features won’t get in the way for others.
Widgets is the big one making the headlines. Widgets come out of the Today View panel and sit in your Home Screen among your apps. They are adjustable in size. Smart Stacks allows you to swipe through multiple widgets in one place. iOS will switch which widget is on display automatically throughout the day. Smart Stacks can be created by dragging one widget on top of another. Widgets from third-party apps will come as developers build their own, hopefully before public release. Customization is still somewhat restricted, with only a few size options and widget placement, sticking to the grid. Apple like to keep you Home Screen organised.
App Library can be found to the right of all app pages. Apple intelligently creates categories of apps with search, Suggestions and Recently Added up top. The categories aren’t customizable, as Apple hopes they can show you what you want, when and where you want it. You’ll find an alphabetical list of all your apps in the search bar. Hiding pages of apps is easy, which could be used to show or hide work or travel apps at an appropriate time.
Picture in Picture comes to the iPhone, allowing you to continue watching FaceTime, YouTube, Netflix, Apple TV+ and more videos while scrolling through your phone.
Siri gets a redesign, only taking up a small portion of the bottom of the screen, while you can continue doing what you were doing. Results appear at the top like a notification. Siri gives 20x more facts than it did three years ago and you can even ask it to send audio messages.
Calls also don’t take up the fullscreen and gets compacted to the top of the screen.
Home updates will suggest useful Automation settings. Adaptive Lighting will change the colour temperature of your bulbs throughout the day. Activity Zones alerts you only when someone moves in a specific reigon of your security camera. Face Recognition on video cameras and doorbells can notify you when someone it regonises is at the door.
Translate app helps you get by abroad, send messages to foreign speaking friends and translate entire webpages right in your browser. Translate works offline.
Messages get an overhaul. Pinned conversation, stick to the top. Group messages get inline replies and mentions, so you can choose to only be notified when mentioned, much like Slack. New Memoji hair, headwear, face covering, age options and stickers.
Maps update brings a bunch of new features such as Guides for eating, shopping, exploring and more from trust brands such as Lonely Planet, Zagat, Louis Vuitton and AllTrails. Cycling directions shows you bike lanes, paths, steep passages and stairs. Cycling will be available in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Shanghai and Beijing. EV routing will track you car’s charge, and factors in elevation and weather when suggesting you compatible charging stations along the way. Congestion and Green Zones will show on maps and provide you alternate routing options.
CarPlay now allows you to set wallpapers and supports new categories of apps: parking, EV charging and quick food ordering.
CarKey will come to iOS 13.6, letting you unlock and start your car. You can even turn off your keys remotely if you lose your phone, share access to your car and CarKey will work for up to five hours after your phone dies. Don’t expect to be able to use this feature tomorrow. This will be a slow process of cars trusting and adopting the tech. CarKey will first come to the 2021 BMW 5 Series.
AirPods fireware updates breath new life into all AirPods and AirPods Pro. These sort of updates show the benefits of a controlled ecosystem such as Apple’s.
AirPods Pro gets spacial audio using directional audio filters, based on where you and your device are positioned, to give a surround sound experience from two earbuds. Spacial audio is compatible with 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos.
Automatic switching seemlessly plays audio from the device your using. Watch a film on your iPad, then answer a call of your iPhone without switching manually.
App Clips are smaller, lighter and faster parts of an app. NFC enabled QR codes will show in/on places such as electric scooters, car parks and food recipes. Tap or point your camera at the QR code to download the App Clip to access the essential features, such as paying for parking, without downloading the full app. App Clips are down to other companies to implement the tech to be successful.
Some other features not mentioned on stage include: the stock keyboard now has emoji search, and you can set the default email and browser apps (unfortunately no word on default map or music apps yet). Back Tap is an Accessibility feature that allows you to map a double or triple tap of the back of the phone to actions, such as go to the Home Screen, Lock Screen, mute, notification centre, or use Siri Shortcuts to map it to pretty much anything such as opening the camera or activate Google Assistant. Accessibilty allows enables Sound Recognition that will notify you if it hears a noise it recognises such as a door bell, car horn or fire alarm. This is great for the hard of hearing or it you’ve got your headphones turned up.
iOS 14 is available on iPhone 6s and up, and iPod 7th generation.