In the sci-fi TV series Fringe, there’s a typewriter that some of the characters use to communicate with a parallel Earth, where the typewriter’s equivalent exists. Whatever is typed into the typewriter in one world gets typed into the typewriter in the other world and vice-versa.
I know I am not the only one that has ever looked at a new gadget like the Mac Mini that was updated this week and wondered what it was like on the inside. Thankfully, we don’t have to void our own warranties on the new and cool gear on the market thanks to iFixit.
I’m liking this new thick acrylic shelf that can be mounted underneath your desk for either your Mac Mini or a Time Capsule hard drive. It’s the perfect way to clear your desktop, if you like to keep things tidy.
Klaus Diebel has always been a modder. He started out modding bicycles, then surfboards, then furniture, and now coffee-making computers. We featured his 3-in-1 iMac mod last year, and since then ol’ Klaus has diversified, happily hacking away at old Apple computers and giving new life to their cases.
Antonio Lieto thinks Apple can even do better with its industrial design, and has set his mind to creating alternative concept designs for some of Apple’s most popular products. My personal favorites from Antonio’s library of concepts are his MacBook and Mac Mini.
His MacBook (aka “MagicBook”) replaces the standard keyboard with a touch surface that works like a giant Magic Trackpad.
While Apple’s been touting the wonders of the iPad and iPhone 4, the Mac mini product team was feverishly working in the background on a major revamp of the classic small form-factor Mac.
The new Mac mini features a beautiful slim one-piece aluminum case, and measures just 1.4″
This reworked iMac is defnitely the most over-the top Mac mods I’ve seen in a while. In addition to sporting a Mac Mini under the hood, the iMac CS has a coffee maker and a subwoofer inside it too.
Modder Klaus Diebel of Kiwidee built this whimsical all-in-one computer using the shell of an old iMac, and loaded up with a full Mac Mini, a JBL Spot sound system, and a WMF1 single-cup coffee maker, punched through the face of the computer.
Full disclosure: apple pie is one of my personal favorites–for holiday time, or really, any time, so as a Mac-head, I think I can say with some conviction that I may have never seen anything as beautiful as this Apple apple pie.
Looking to add a splash of color to your Mac Mini without losing the aluminum finish? Well here’s a new way to add a serious splash of color to your Mini.
The guys over at Computer Choppers are now offering a custom Mac Mini anodizing service, letting you really give your computer a new look.
This could be my favorite Mac Mini mod yet. Take one part retro Apple Disk ][ drive and one part Mac Mini, and what do you get? A little bit of casemodding genius.
Modder Charles Mangin took the guts out of his old Disk ][ enclosure and managed to find a way to squeeze the innards of a Mac Mini inside the case.
Japanese modder Hideo Takano must really, really love his Mac Minis. He’s gone over the top by producing not 1 or 2, but 7 different Mac Mini casemods, each with a unique look. Let’s start out with this classic Macintosh Quadra inspired Mini.
This is my personal favorite, the LEGO Mac Mini.