Do you retrieve the 2002 iMac G4? We don’t blasted you if you don’t — it’s been 20 years since Apple released that iconic all-in-one desktop.
However, nostalgia is simply a almighty force, and erstwhile you harvester it with a “why not?” attitude, thing is possible, arsenic proven by the modder who decided to bring the iMac G4 backmost from the dormant and equip it with an Apple M1 chip.
The iMac G4 is past by now, but it hasn’t mislaid its charm. With its 15-inch surface surrounded by heavy bezels that had bezels of their own, arsenic good arsenic a large, circular basal with an optical drive, it looks thing similar its younger siblings and doesn’t lucifer the 24-inch iMac astatine all. Needless to say, the plan is conscionable 1 happening that has changed implicit the years — the hardware recovered wrong the iMac G4, erstwhile impressive, present belongs successful a museum.
In its archetypal form, the G4 had a solution of 1,024 x 768 (remember those?) and a processor that ran astatine conscionable 1GHz, called the PowerPC G4. It had a graphics paper made by Nvidia nary less, the GeForce4 MX, arsenic good arsenic a whopping 256MB of DDR SDRAM with a 333MHz frequency. That’s close — conscionable 3 digits, not four. The 80GB hard thrust moving astatine 7,200 revolutions per infinitesimal (RPM) honestly seems outstanding fixed the remainder of the hardware.
If the Apple ecosystem was its ain universe, the iMac G4 and the modern-day Apple M1 silicon wouldn’t adjacent beryllium wrong the aforesaid galaxy, but a brave modder decided to alteration that. Connor55 opened up the dome and changed retired hardware until the iMac became a coagulated computer, though it inactive retains the tiny screen. He documented the lengthy journey, which was not without immoderate difficulties, connected the MacRumors forum.
He replaced the guts of the machine with a current-gen Mac Mini motherboard that comes with Apple’s M1 chip. It besides has 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The RAM and retention are a straightforward upgrade, but truthful is the processor itself, offering timepiece speeds of up to 3.2GHz and a operation of 8 cores and 8 threads. The M1 is simply a system-on-a-chip (SoC), meaning that the CPU, 8-core GPU, and RAM are each combined.
Aside from upgrading the hardware itself, Connor’s task progressive updating the ports connected the iMac G4. The archetypal was not lacking successful that department, with 3 USB 2.0, 2 FireWire 400, and 2 VGA ports, but obviously, each of that tech is aged and needed a refresh. The iMac G4 present has entree to USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, a headphone jack, and an SD paper slot, arsenic good arsenic an Ethernet jack.
If you’re wondering whether the modded iMac G4 is much than conscionable a amusive artifact from the past, the reply is yes: It’s wholly functional. Connor55 equipped the all-in-one with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth entree and helium reports that the iMac is capable to scope net speeds exceeding 100Mbps. However, the Bluetooth is “borderline useless,” but functional arsenic agelong arsenic it’s utilized close adjacent to the dome. It’s ever amusive to spot PC builders and modders springiness aged hardware and bundle a 2nd life, particularly erstwhile the experimentation is arsenic palmy arsenic it was successful this case.
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