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Youtuber assembles its own iMac with M1 processor

Youtuber assembles its own iMac with M1 processor

Luke Miani, like many Apple users, is impatient with the delay in updating the iMac line. But unlike most, this youtuber got tired of that wait and decided to assemble his own iMac with the new Apple Silicon.

The task is exposed by himself on his YouTube channel, where he explains the steps he had to follow to successfully complete this task. In the end, it presents itself with a renewed iMac inside and even more powerful.

Mac Mini served as the basis for the creation of the iMac with M1 processor

I would like to make a note now that this is a complicated task and should not be replicated. As we can see in the video shared above, the steps to reach the goal involve above-average technical knowledge.

In short, Luke Miani used the new Mac Mini, with M1 processor, for this bold task. What he did was put this device inside his 2011 iMac.

The process aimed to place the Mac Mini logic board inside the iMac. That is, he replaced the internal hardware of his old iMac with the similar one of the new Mac Mini.

Additionally, he had to adapt the screen of his iMac to work with the logic board of the Mac Mini. The idea was to convert the first into a kind of external monitor that could be connected to the Mac Mini.


An ingenious solution, but with several disadvantages

It is impossible not to praise the bold initiative carried out by Luke Miani. However, this ingenious solution is far from perfect, suffering from several complications for everyday use.

By placing the Mac Mini logic board inside your iMac, the youtuber is deprived of all USB or HDMI inputs. This is to say that Luke Miani will not be able to add any external storage solutions.

Additionally, the youtuber reports a significant drop in the quality of the available wireless connections, be it Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. He points out that Wi-Fi speeds have dropped significantly, largely due to the absence of the external antenna that the Mac Mini has.

After this project was completed, the associated costs were around 880 €, the value of the Mac MIni added to the price of the monitor adapter. Much less than what you would have to spend on buying an official iMac.

Although this project has been successfully completed, it is a procedure that we do not advise you to replicate. In addition to eliminating the guarantees for both equipment, the risks associated with the task are quite large.

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