We have been waiting for months and months for the redesign of the iMac and the arrival of Apple Silicon chips to this desktop, but rumors keep delaying its arrival and now it seems that we will not see it until autumn. And logically, some are fed up with this wait and are planning to leap another old Mac that is already asking to retire.
Here’s the first iMac with an M1 chip
Youtuber Luke Miani is one of those people, and what he has ended up doing as a result of his impatience has been to create his iMac with a built-in M1 chip. How? By putting the guts of a Mac mini M1 inside the casing of a ten-year-old iMac. And he’s chronicled the progress in a video.
It’s not the iMac M1 you’d expect, but it’s something
Miani has achieved this great little feat by disassembling and removing all the internal components of the old iMac and replacing them with the small motherboard of the Mac mini M1 (note the difference in space they occupy). The connection of that motherboard with the display has been achieved with an extra component that can be purchased online, which is responsible for adopting Apple’s proprietary display connected to an HDMI port and a DisplayPort.
The rest of the components have been left inside the iMac case unattached, so the achievement is somewhat rudimentary. There are no connections, no way to turn the computer off or on without having to take it apart again, and you can’t take advantage of the old iMac’s internal speakers. But Miani can boast that it has, in a sense, the first iMac with an Apple Silicon chip ever.