I was planning on putting this on eBay, but I thought it would have better chances here..
I guess, this is a Case Mod.. I got the idea several months ago when a Japanese Dude did something similar (Just google iPad in iBook).
So I got myself a derelict Clamshell iBook and started working. The concept was a desktop station for an iPad.
1. Completly gutted
2. Enlarged the former Keyboard spacing for a new Bluetooth Keyboard (QWERTY) model with Apple keys. Unfortunately not a Apple keyboard, but to be quite frank, the aluminum wouldn't have matched aesthetically anyway. Gotta keep it period correct, right?
3. As typical for busted old Clamshells, it was missing the Apple Logo, so I made a new one using soldering iron and I didn't mind the silvery look there, since we are hinting, that something is different about this.. The Logo is not perfect fit! But if you don't get really close with a magnifiying glass.. Who notices?
Now the faults.. as said, the iBook was in bad shape.. I did a lot of cleaning, sanding, polishing to get it to where it is now. It is not perfect! I could have gotten a nice Clamshell to start with, but why would I destroy a beautiful working Clamshell iBook?
There are some knicks and minor cracks here and there. While dissasembling I had a pretty hefty fight with a very biiiit..y screw, and unfortunately it broke a hole, but its kind of hidden. You'll see it at the right hinge in the pics. But, all in all its a sturdy iBook. You can still carry it at the grip without fear of it crashing or anything like that.
Its a 13 year old portable computer housing.. ofcourse time shows. But I was able to smooth a lot of it, getting it "back" to minor scratches.
Its a Indigo Blue Clamshell, but the rubber on the top has some patina from sunlight. My camera made it blue again, but its actually.. mhm.. I'd call it Amazonas Green & Blue. It definately has a very vintage look to it.
Just like the Japanese Modder, I couldn't get this to close with an inserted iPad. Inserting and removing the iPad is fairly simple for several hours of typing work. Without an iPad it closes well. With an iPad, the Screen will not hit the keyboard, unless you force the lid down.
The keyboard doesn't wobble or fibble. It falls into place and stays put by some wood blocks I glued into the interior space.
Why is there blue string right and left of the keyboard? So that it doesn't come lose, if you should be carrying it or just turn it upside down for no reason.. And it looks great. The bottom end is lose on both strings and held by the battery in place.. So it is readjustable.
It was a fun project, but I don't need an iPad in my daily life. My N310 Sammy hackintosh is what I use on the go. I really just did do this for the fun of it.
This is ready to use.
If someone where to add a little more TLC.. Maybe 1-3 hours, they could make it perfect for their own purpose. I wouldn't expect sitting in Cafés with this though. Completely gutted, there is some stability lacking. But, if it were to be moved within an appartement or house from one room to another... It would/could be great... and very unique..
I'm probably going to add/glue in all the fromer ports from the motherboard and close those holes and create the illusion of a real clamshell from afar. The CD Drive has to stay open though. there simply is no room.. And having a window into the Keyboard "mounts" is useful.
I probably missed some important info, but just hit me with questions.. Something like this doesn't come around too often.
Price? I have no idea... Material costs was around 70€ though, which comes up to almost 100 US $.. Its Made in Germany So.. that amount would be a good start I suppose.. but that might be too much already..., whereby other keyboard cases from brands start there.. I don't know.. make an offer^^
I'll ship it anywhere.. if someone is whacko.. or smart enough to buy this
Almost all Interior parts & screws from the Clamshell are still in my possesion and can be sold (well.. given as a freebe) along for those interested.. also the broken plactic piece..
-NO, no iPad included!
-The housing (with the old battery.. you need the weight to keep it from flipping)
-The iPad Cover keeping th ipad in the screen bezel
and if wished the gutted parts, that are still here... Defect or intact? Who knows.. the iBook wouldn't boot
The pictures here are just a couple for previewing. Due to the limit all pics made are at the link: http://imageshack.us/g/407/mij9.jpg/