Creative TiKTok user converts an iBook G3 into iPad case

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By using a combination of 3D printing and power tools, one TikTok user was able to convert an iBook G3 shell into a working iPad case with embedded Apple Watch charger.

An iBook G3 acting as an iPad case
An iBook G3 acting as an iPad case


The TikTok user @skipperfilms shows a quick walk through of how he gutted an iBook G3 and replaced its innards with modern Apple tech. He cut out all of the existing parts, leaving only the shell, then used 3D printing to create the necessary pieces to mount the iPad and accessories.

First, he replaces the monitor with the iPad, places USB-C ports into the old port slots, and adds a portable battery bank for powering the iPad and Apple Watch charger. The battery pack can be recharged via the outward-facing USB-C port.

The portable battery, keyboard, Apple Watch charger, and Apple Pencil holder each use custom designed plates printed from a 3D printer. All of the cabling is hidden behind the casing.

Once completed, the iPad sits in the old monitor well above a working keyboard with trackpad. He also included an insert for the Apple Pencil below the iPad and an Apple Watch charger above the keyboard.

@skipperfilms Once a year I find the patience and drive to do something like this. Love this #ibookg3 to #ipad conversion! #fyp #foryoupage #3dprinting Rasputin - Majestic & Boney M.


Enterprising enthusiasts have been known to convert old Apple gear into working modern devices before. One other example of this is when someone converted an iMac G4 into an M1 Mac.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    Ooh, it may not be so practical but I like that very much
    ronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 9
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 2,836member
    I like this better than the Brydge case I just got. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 9
    Hey its me! Thanks for Sharing my tiktok video! This was definitely a fun project to work on!
    Wesley Hilliardmknelsonronntzterrih4y3sbloggerblogviclauyycwilliamhJaiOh81byronl
  • Reply 4 of 9
    Wesley HilliardWesley Hilliard Posts: 213member, administrator, moderator, editor
    Hey its me! Thanks for Sharing my tiktok video! This was definitely a fun project to work on!
    I really like how it turned out. Now if only it was an iPad Pro and white keyboard/trackpad. Definitely could make some interesting stuff out of this concept.
    SkipperfilmsBeatsbyronlwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 9
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 18,020member
    "By using a combination of 3D printing and power tools,"  

    Only interesting things happen when a story starts like that....
    Skipperfilmsh4y3sWesley Hilliardbestkeptsecretwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 9
    Hey its me! Thanks for Sharing my tiktok video! This was definitely a fun project to work on!
    I really like how it turned out. Now if only it was an iPad Pro and white keyboard/trackpad. Definitely could make some interesting stuff out of this concept.
    It's still an ipad pro, just an older model (but I just upgraded and Im modifying it right now to fit the new one), and I've already put a white keyboard in it. Check some of my tiktok updates! thanks!!
    ronnh4y3sneoncatbloggerblogwilliamhJaiOh81qwerty52
  • Reply 7 of 9
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    Damn. Apple should sell cases like these. Not original models just based on originals.
  • Reply 8 of 9
    The appeal for me was the retro look and the element of surprise and delight it delivers. Well done @Skipperfilms !


    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 9
    mike1mike1 Posts: 3,316member
    Reminds me of a friend who took my old Mac SE and turned it into a fish tank for a goldfish. Many moons ago.
    watto_cobra
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