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Apple Alters Galaxy in Space for OS X Mountain Lion

By - Source: Cult of Mac | B 36 comments

Oh, Apple.

When Apple released the latest version of its personal computer operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion, the stock desktop wallpaper was a picture of the Andromeda galaxy, but not without some very, very heavy modifications.

While pretty, Apple's "version" of Andromeda was something completely unfit for the purpose of astronomy. Now Apple's back at it again with its next version of OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion, as noted by MacObserver.

This is the image packed with early builds of Mountain Lion:

And here is the image as it is according to our scientific equipment courtesy of NASA:


In fact, this was a NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day, which came with the following description:

Some spiral galaxies are seen almost sideways. NGC 3190, one such galaxy, is the largest member of the Hickson 44 Group, one of the nearer groups of galaxies to our own Local Group of galaxies. Pictured above, finely textured dust lanes surround the brightly glowing center of this picturesque spiral. Gravitational tidal interactions with other members of its group have likely caused the spiral arms of NGC 3190 to appear asymmetric around the center, while the galactic disk also appears warped. NGC 3190 spans about 75,000 light years across and is visible with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo).

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    sublime2k , June 11, 2012 10:26 AM
    And the point of this is...?
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    mihaimm , June 11, 2012 10:27 AM
    I may stop reading Tom's if you keep up with stories like this. WHO CARES?!!?!? WHY IS THIS NEWS?!?! I get it on the "Cult of Mac" but here???
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    Scanlia , June 11, 2012 10:32 AM
    This is news??
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  • 32 Hide
    sublime2k , June 11, 2012 10:26 AM
    And the point of this is...?
  • 28 Hide
    mihaimm , June 11, 2012 10:27 AM
    I may stop reading Tom's if you keep up with stories like this. WHO CARES?!!?!? WHY IS THIS NEWS?!?! I get it on the "Cult of Mac" but here???
  • 5 Hide
    snotling , June 11, 2012 10:29 AM
    So the galaxy is not pretty enough for MacHeads?
  • 24 Hide
    Scanlia , June 11, 2012 10:32 AM
    This is news??
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    digiex , June 11, 2012 10:33 AM
    They have to pay royalty to the Creator being or they will be subjected to Divine Judgement.
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    mayankleoboy1 , June 11, 2012 10:33 AM
    ^
    stop reading tomsnews. I did too. these guys are big mac fans.and i hate mac.

    dont stop reading the tomshardware reviews/articles. those guys are awesome. they definitely know their stuff.
  • 15 Hide
    Anonymous , June 11, 2012 10:48 AM
    Have to agree with others here. Just wasted a few minutes of my time on this. Usually these articles are worth the read - this one definitely isn't.
  • 17 Hide
    Vorador2 , June 11, 2012 11:08 AM
    I demand a refund of the two minutes spent reading this.
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    SoiledBottom , June 11, 2012 11:19 AM
    Nasa's been looking at it wrong
  • 8 Hide
    molo9000 , June 11, 2012 11:29 AM
    Only a few hours till the WWDC keynote and you report about the default desktop wallpaper of Mac OS 10.8?
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    silverblue , June 11, 2012 11:35 AM
    This isn't a pro-Apple article by any means; I think it just goes to show that astronomical accuracy isn't really at the top of Apple's list. You have to ask yourself why they actually bother; if it's not pretty enough, I'm sure there are simply masses of images of various cosmic entities to choose from which could easily fill the role of an Apple wallpaper.
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    halcyon , June 11, 2012 11:35 AM
    In other news, at least two Apple employees used the restroom yesterday.
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    coreym72 , June 11, 2012 11:36 AM
    Apple invented Galaxies and will sue NASA for any claimed discoveries.
  • 11 Hide
    halcyon , June 11, 2012 11:40 AM
    silverblueThis isn't a pro-Apple article by any means; I think it just goes to show that astronomical accuracy isn't really at the top of Apple's list. You have to ask yourself why they actually bother; if it's not pretty enough, I'm sure there are simply masses of images of various cosmic entities to choose from which could easily fill the role of an Apple wallpaper.

    So, if Apple wanted an image of a leaf as wallaper and they PhotoShopped the leaf so it was no longer accurate (saturated the colors more, moved some veins, etc.), Tom's should post a news article about the PhotoShopped leaf? Really?
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    Anonymous , June 11, 2012 11:41 AM
    Samsung steals EVERYTHING from Apple. Apple uses pictures of auroras and galaxies, so what does Samsung do? It names it's product line galaxy.

    Apple needs to sue Samsung and put a stop to this blatant theft.
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    silverblue , June 11, 2012 11:55 AM
    halcyonSo, if Apple wanted an image of a leaf as wallaper and they PhotoShopped the leaf so it was no longer accurate (saturated the colors more, moved some veins, etc.), Tom's should post a news article about the PhotoShopped leaf? Really?

    I didn't say anything about the validity of the article. I stuck to questioning the point of manipulating an image for aesthetic purposes when other images will suffice. Hell, throw in the Horsehead Nebula or something, that's certainly aesthetically pleasing.

    There shouldn't really be an article about this at all, but considering we have one, it's not exactly praising Apple.
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    victorious 3930k , June 11, 2012 12:13 PM
    People took 2 mins reading this? jesus christ, it took me half of one.
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    Hazbot , June 11, 2012 1:10 PM
    sueSamsung0001Samsung steals EVERYTHING from Apple. Apple uses pictures of auroras and galaxies, so what does Samsung do? It names it's product line galaxy.Apple needs to sue Samsung and put a stop to this blatant theft.


    Yes, and companies who sell apples need to sue Apple for naming their product Apple, this troll is so obvious it's actually hilarious.
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    zak_mckraken , June 11, 2012 2:01 PM
    halcyonIn other news, at least two Apple employees used the restroom yesterday.

    Are you sure? I thought they didn't have a butthole.
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