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The Dockintosh

I've occupied my spare time over the last few weeks putting this thing together.

It's an old Macintosh repurposed as an iPad dock.

I'm pretty happy with the finished article, and my rotary tool skills are significantly more advanced now, than when I started. I'm by no means a hobbyist, so this is the most complicated thing I've constructed. If I was a better craftsman, it would no doubt have looked a lot neater. One thing I might change If I were to do it all over again, would be to simplify it by using a sync cable rather than a dock.

I made the first 'advertisement' section of the video in a tongue-in-cheek manner (I don't really suggest keeping it in the kitchen or by the bed), its just a bit of fun.

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Reader Comments (11)

Amazing Matt! You have waaaaay too much free time on your hands! :-)

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmbrose

I have seen your video on YouTube and am so impressed. I have a 27"aluminium iMac and an iPod touch 4g. I have grew up using window xp basically all my Pc life and have been interested in macintosh since about spring 2009 and have been waiting till I could afford one myself.

I have always been comfortable using windows xp for as long as I can remember, then I had a laptop with vista which I hated. This laptop was in replacement of my Pc that my father never fixed. I then had got an xp netbook which i then released could not cope with xp. Then I got windows seven to take over annoying vista but I did not like that either, especially because it decided to delete itself and restore to vista. Lucky we were able to get an exchange from Pc world for a ds i xl. I then thought about Linux and I loved it but my laptop was overheating all the time. Then I install ubuntu on my netbook in replacement of xp and it loved ubuntu. After a few months my mum asked me if I am ever going go use my laptop so my friend put xp pro on it which was a dream come true as my laptop works just like a Pc so games worked on it well.

But I now have an iMac with xp inside parallels desktop vm, so I have the best of both worlds.
I am waiting for someone who is interested in my old laptop and now, I use my iPod most of the time.

Every evening me, my mum and sister come in my room and watch a DVD which is nicer on my iMac than the tv because all of the colours are correct. When the iPad 3 comes out, we will be likely to get that as our first iPad and I would love it if that was my dockintosh as I would love an old macintosh too.


April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApples are my style

This is just great!

Please - make me an offer to build the same thing for me!

You will find all contact data on my website or just email me!



September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatz of Kopfwerk

Problem is you can't press the home button

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

Yes you can. Watch the video.

April 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

hi im buying an ipad 2 very soon and i want to make a 'dockintosh' i found most of the parts online, and just awaiting some funds to buy the mac and speakers, ect. thanks for showing the video on how to make it.
well done

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwade

No problem. If I was doing it again I'd forget the dock because the iPad can now sync wirelessly. You could put a Bluetooth speaker in there instead if you need amplified sound and just make a hole in the side of the case to feed a 30 pin USB lead through to charge it up.

August 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Just one idea, what about enlarge the floppy drive slot and then create a holder to let users insert the remote into the floppy drive slot

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph Chong

One of the best things ever made, genius idea! It if was mine I would put better speakers inside it though.

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRowan

its nice to see this in a way that you can actually take the ipad out, i once watched a video from a guy who did a similar thiung with an ipad mini, however it took him 5 mins just to get the ipad out! i think it did look better to have an ipad mini inside a mac though! i love how on yours you can take the ipad out though! i would improve this by putting a grey rubber cover over the ipad slot jut to make it look smarter when the ipads inside, other than this i think its an amazing use of recycling an unused toy! i also like how you now have a fake ipad because i was thinking that it would probably book a bit naff when the real ipad is not inside, but now when you are using the real ipad somewhere else you can place the fake ipad inside to make it look smart in the meantime! brilliant idea.
i am only 15 years old so excuse me if my english & grammar is not great, but hey, atleast you know that even a teenager thinks its cool!
Thanks Dave

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave
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