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by Austin — Oct 05
Apple doesn't actually use Grab to make those screenshots; instead, screenshot designers make them from scratch. This is because in order to display in high quality in print ads and posters (say, in Apple Stores), they have to be at considerably high resolution, which you can't get from just pressing Cmd+Shift+3. Apple's graphic designers probably keep large versions of the icons and Aqua elements, then pass them off to the screenshot designers for them to make in different resolutions (1440x900 and 1680x1050 for the iMacs, MBPs and the 20-incher, 2560x1600 for the 30-incher, 1280x800 for the MBs, and 1920x1200 for the 23-incher and 23-inch iMac). After that, they take the photos of the computers, add the fake screens over the computer's actual screen, then send it off to whoever is in charge of putting it on the box. I almost took a job at Apple as a screenshot designer (I don't live in Cupertino, which kinda sucks), which gives it away for me personally.

There are also a few indications that these are faked, since many of the screens on the actual Macs never look that bright or rich when you actually use them for real (Talking specifically about my iBook G4), and looking at the box REALLY closly reveals subtle differences in the font rendering and color of some of the Aqua elements.
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