Apple Alters Galaxy in Space for OS X Mountain Lion

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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Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • And the point of this is...?
  • mihaimm
    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???
  • snotling
    So the galaxy is not pretty enough for MacHeads?
  • Scanlia
    This is news??
  • digiex
    They have to pay royalty to the Creator being or they will be subjected to Divine Judgement.
  • mayankleoboy1
    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.
  • 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.
  • Vorador2
    I demand a refund of the two minutes spent reading this.
  • aaron88_7
    mihaimmI 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???waaa waaa waaa, jesus people, stop crying all the time!
  • SoiledBottom
    Nasa's been looking at it wrong