Elago's New M4 Stand Turns Your iPhone 7, 6s, or 6 Into The Original Macintosh

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    Back in January, accessory maker Elago launched the W3 Charging Stand for Apple Watch, which housed Apple's modern wearable within a silicone shell that looked just like the Macintosh computer from 1984. This week, Elago is launching another nostalgic accessory, this time allowing users to turn their iPhone 7, 6s, or 6 into an old Mac.

    Called the M4 Stand for iPhone, the charging stand functions exactly like the Apple Watch version: users slide their iPhone into the side of the silicone housing, and there's a pass-through rail underneath the stand for Lightning cable organization. In terms of size, the M4 Stand is about 5.8 inches long, 4.3 inches wide, and 5 inches tall.

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    The M4 isn't compatible with any Plus versions of the iPhone, nor will it work with an iPhone that's in any sort of protective case. Elago did mention, however, that the company's line of "Slim Fit" cases are compatible with the M4 Stand.

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    The M4 Stand for iPhone is available in Black and Classic White on Elago's website for $29.49. Elago is also selling both the Black and Classic White M4 Stand on Amazon at a slightly higher price of $29.99.

    Article Link: Elago's New M4 Stand Turns Your iPhone 7, 6s, or 6 Into The Original Macintosh
     
  2. yesjam macrumors regular

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    Serious question: what's the point of this? While I'm a sucker for miniatures that resemble the original Macintosh (this is IMO one of the coolest things ever) I just don't see this as anything but a novelty piece of plastic.
     
  3. avanpelt macrumors 68020

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    They're selling this thing for nearly $30.00 now and I bet you'll be able to pick it up on eBay in a year or so for $10.00 or less. I'm not sure how this thing made it into production. Why would I want to slide my iPhone 7 into a plastic shell that looks like an old Mac? I'm all for nostalgia, but this is just tacky.
     
  4. jayducharme macrumors 68030

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    If it had more functionality besides charging your phone (for instance, if it were a bluetooth speaker), then I might bite. But the fact that it's non-functional and would also require me to remove my case each time makes it pointless for me.
     
  5. saulinpa macrumors 6502

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    How about a wired keyboard and mouse to go with it?
     
  6. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502

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    They couldn't demo the white stand using a white-front iPhone?
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors G3

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    You already answered your own question. It's a throwback novelty piece for those who appreciate the Mac during that era and it serves likely nothing more than a conversational history piece or for a techy who likes gadgets. Everyone has appreciations for different things.
     
  8. Mac 128 macrumors 68040

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    I hate the implementation of this ... the dimensions are seriously off compared to the original Mac and their previous effort of the Apple Watch stand. They should have put black top and bottom bezels to square-up the case a little more, and made it deeper so the whole thing doesn't look squashed.

    But I hope this means they'll make an iPad stand soon, since it has the right dimensions for a full scale replica Compact Mac, as some have been doing with the original Mac for some time:

    http://www.cultofmac.com/54676/geek-trend-old-macs-thwarting-death-getting-recycled-as-ipad-stands/

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    Agreed, they should now do a retro case shell for the wireless keyboard. The mouse would be pointless since it's incompatible with iOS, but maybe a mouse case that has another function.

    You wouldn't want that. First of all it's not white, it's beige -- PMS 453 to be specific -- and the original Compact Mac had a black bezel around the display image. So this is the correct way to display it in as much as this is a nostalgia item. A while iPhone is going to look odd there for any Mac purists.
     
  9. CarlJ, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:54 AM
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    I'm a little surprised at MacRumors for either writing, or uncritically copying from a press release, the highlighted bit - with Elago's corresponding Apple Watch stand, the watch drops in fairly effortlessly (I have one) into the top, which is open on three sides, while it looks like the phone must be slid into a close-fitting slot from the side (that seems quite a bit more fiddly), the watch stand works with the watch as-is (watches generally don't have a protective case, and the stand accommodates any watch band, while many iPhones will be in cases that this stand will refuse to work with and thus must be removed), and two of the big draws of the watch stand are that it: 1) holds the watch securely against the charging puck by design so dropping the watch in automatically gets it charging (while the phone stand includes "cable management" meaning your cable goes in one side of the stand and sticks out another side, so you can manually plug it into your phone); and, 2) the watch stand holds the watch sideways which automatically and usefully triggers "Night Mode" on the watch (when it's charging and sideways), while no corresponding mode exists for the iPhone. So their iPhone charging stand functions exactly like their Apple Watch stand except for the substantial list of ways in which it doesn't. We seem to have differing definitions of what "exactly" means.

    Their watch stand is cute and helpful (it holds the watch against the charging puck, while many watch stands rely on the built-in magnets and gravity - it sucks to wake up and find that your watch was just slightly off the stand and thus didn't charge). This phone stand appears less cute and more inconvenient. And it looks much less like a tiny Mac, because the screen proportions are all wrong (the watch version has moderately faithful proportions and molding detail, could be a Mac for Barbie). I suspect that they're simply trying to capitalize on the success of their "Mac" watch stand. I don't see this doing nearly as well.
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    Oh but it doesn't charge your phone, it simply positions it. It only charges if you plug the charging cable into your phone by hand after inserting your phone into the stand. Stands that are merely stands have many good uses, but this one seems too much "let's pretend" and not useful enough.

    Reminds me for some reason of an old SNL bit, with Father Guido Sarducci promoting "Mr. Tea", a competitor to the "Mr. Coffee" coffeemaker. Mr. Tea was basically a funnel on a stand - your set your cup with a tea bag in it at the bottom of the stand, and poured boiling water into the funnel, ... which ran straight into the cup (humorous but far more trouble than it was worth).
     
  10. Michael Scrip macrumors 68040

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    "Elago's New M4 Stand Turns Your iPhone Into The Original Macintosh"

    Except the original Macintosh didn't have a movie theater width screen...
     
  11. Mac 128 macrumors 68040

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    It looks more like a Lisa/Mac XL:

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    This is what they should have done -- put a black bezel on the top and bottom of the opening and maintain the proper proportions:

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  12. canny macrumors member

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    I wonder if you could put in a raspberry pi in the case and have an SSH/terminal app on the phone connect to it. (Or VNC into the pi GUI) So it could be a cute little terminal machine. Shame a keyboard doesn't come with it.
     
  13. DogHouseDub macrumors regular

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    Got one of these, which has a clear purpose and improves on the existing Apple Watch charger. But that's the limit of my nostalgia.

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  14. jml12286 macrumors member

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    I played around with mine too, and it definitely would be more ideal to use an iPad. Only problem is accessing the buttons and charging port without have holes and all everywhere.
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  15. clauzzz203 macrumors regular

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    You're just complaining for the sake of complaining. Look, no one's making you buy it, just let it be there for who desires it.
     

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