The wallpapers for forthcoming new Apple operating system OS X 10.6, codenamed Snow Leopard, have been revealed. Apple has recruited impressionist painter Claude Monet, alongside Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper and yes, some leopards.
The 35 wallpapers have appeared at graphics Web site CreativeBits. Although we don't have a confirmed release date for the new version of OS X, it is available on pre-order and could be with us as soon as September. It's set to go head-to-head with Windows 7, which has already shown off localised wallpapers showing scenes from around the world.
Apple has loosely grouped its wallpapers into categories: natural scenes, mountaintops, patterned material, leaves, leopards and, interestingly, famous paintings. Click through our gallery for the glorious pictures that could be adorning your iMac or MacBook desktop, and let us know which is your favourite in the comments.
Update: This image is Snowstorm Leopard, which won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 2008 for the appropriately-named Steve Winter. Thanks to eagle-eyed reader shugyokem for tipping us off.
Apple's OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system is on pre-order now and will be on the prowl sometime in September or October.