He transforms an iMac 2002 by adding an M1 processor

iMac G4 M1

A young iOS developer shared some surprising images on Twitter. We recognize the iMac G4 and its famous tilting foot, but with a very recent version of macOS on the screen. It thus seems to be Big Sur, whose colors can be recognized. And this is indeed the case: the beast runs well in this version, thanks to a few manipulations by its owner.

This has indeed replaced its PowerPC processor with the all-new M1 announced in 2020. The latter is designed by Apple and integrates graphics card, artificial intelligence engine and RAM on a single circuit thanks to SiP technology (system in package). Moreover, instead of the original 256 MB of RAM, the device now has 8. And it turns on without a hitch.

Components still relevant today

Colby Sheets, the Internet user behind this montage, explains that he needed the help of several other acquaintances, including a YouTuber, to achieve his little technological feat. Apart from internal changes, this one would not have required to replace other parts. The screen of the iMac G4 thus suited the experience perfectly. The LCD panel in question offers a diagonal of fifteen inches, the same size as the large MacBook Pros before 2019.

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Moreover, the old all-in-one Mac also has an RJ-45 Ethernet port for connections, but also a FireWire socket and a mini-VGA for video streaming. A microphone and a 3.5 mm jack are also available for possible calls. On the other hand, no camera on the front: it was necessary at the time to invest in a separate accessory to be entitled to it. The iSight, in particular, was released in 2003.

© Colby Sheets

An iconic model

Almost twenty years after its presentation, the iMac G4 therefore continues to be talked about. Recently, another enthusiast had taken the opportunity to transform the device into a desk lamp, recalling the original nickname given to the beast when some compared it to the Pixar logo in its early days.

We can also cite this concept with an edge-to-edge display, which is reminiscent of the design of the latest 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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