Here is an original Leboncoin announcement: a hacker has put up for sale an iMac G4 (Sunflower) in which he has incorporated a Mac mini M1. The motherboard of the latter replaces the original one, and the machine is recognized as a standard Mac mini M1 with 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.
The seller specifies that the three front ports have been upgraded to USB-3, and that the Ethernet socket, the jack output and the connector for the speakers of the time are functional. Nothing has changed in terms of the power supply, which is provided by the original unit while everything is cooled by the fan of the Sunflower iMac. It will however be necessary to make a cross on the DVD player, replaced by the motherboard of the Mac mini.
Small changes on the connectivity side: “ the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas of the Mac Mini have been modified and placed between the metal dome and the plastic shell, instead of the original antennas of the Tournesol “. If you want to go back, it is still possible to replace the motherboard and the power supply in the case of the Mac mini, which will be provided for sale.
Contacted by us, the seller explains that he has always been fascinated by the iMac G4 and watched many customization videos before taking the plunge. Accustomed to tinkering with Macs, he has, for example, installed two Mac minis (2009 and 2014) in a 17″ iMac Tournesol. My goal is to have a machine as close as possible to the original “, he confides.
This iMac is sold for €1,200 with the original speakers, a wireless Apple keyboard and mouse. If the on-board configuration does not satisfy you, the seller explains that it is possible to negotiate the installation of your own Mac mini.