This aluminum bench stands on the shoulders of discarded Mac Pro cases

Apple is not a big fan of reusing its products for something else, at least something that is still close to the original function of the design. It probably won’t object to completely unrelated applications of those designs, especially when it’s for a creative and artistic purpose. The non-functional parts of an iPhone, for example, could be disassembled and framed to be displayed as a piece of tech history. Or one might simply take the empty shells of old Mac Pro and turn them into a piece of structural art, which is exactly what this rather striking metal bench tries to accomplish in a way that will probably make you wonder how strong those old Apple desktops might have been.

Designers: Quinner Baird, Alec Alborg, Ferb Liebana, Berit Levy, Jaime Uriarte (Caliper)

The designs for more recent Mac Pros have been rather controversial, to say the least. The cylindrical 2013 was derided for looking like a trash can, while the boxy 2019 design, though a bit more traditional, is jokingly called a cheese grater. Neither are good foundations for a stable piece of furniture, but the first-ever Mac Pro fortunately fits the bill perfectly. It was a minimalist brushed aluminum box with tapered legs on the front and back to raise it up and equally tapered handles on those same sides for easier lifting.

Made for Manhattan clothing brand Hidden as part of store display, the Mac Pro Bench is exactly what it sounds like. It takes two first-gen Mac Pros, totally gutted of any and all electronic components, and has a folded aluminum plank attached on top. The plan has a tapered shape that fits perfectly between the front and back handles, making it feel as if the desktops were made for this very purpose. Two versions of the bench exist, one preserving the brushed aluminum aesthetic of the Mac Pro, and another thoroughly coated in Hidden’s green motif.

It’s not being sold en masse, which will probably keep Apple’s lawyers happy, though there are also ways to make your own. That said, it’s probably not a good idea outside of making it a decorative piece. It’s actually not tested how much weight the Mac Pros will be able to handle, especially with a bench meant to sit more than one person. The hollow legs of the desktop don’t look reassuring either, and it might have been more practical to have sawed those off, even if it meant ruining the original Mac Pro shape.

That said, it’s possible to reinforce the foundations of the Mac Pro Bench to make it a more usable piece of furniture. More importantly, however, the piece of art could also spark the imagination and creativity of others to make similar designs that reuse discarded desktop PCs in a less conventional and more interesting manner.

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How to Find Out if Your iPhone Will Run iOS 18

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) serves as the grand stage for the unveiling of the newest iteration of iOS each year, with iOS 18 being this year’s release, marking a highly anticipated event for developers and tech enthusiasts alike. As we look ahead to the 2024 conference, which has yet to occur, the question of […]

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Apple expands its Self Service Repair program for the Mac

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Apple has announced that it is expanding its Self-Service Repair program for the Mac, the program now covers models of the MacBook Pro and iMac that are powered by the Apple M3 processors. Apple has said that from March the new Self Service Repair program will be available in the US for the M3 powered […]

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iPhone SE 4 renders say goodbye to the Touch ID home button, hello to USB-C

All good things must come to an end, or so they say. Of course, the definition of “good” will always depend on who you ask. Some might be pining for the “good old days” when the iPhone was curvy, small, and didn’t require your face to unlock it. For some, the 3rd-gen iPhone SE from 2022 was their recourse, but could finally be the last of its kind. No, Apple will apparently still launch an ultra-affordable iPhone, but it will no longer be that safe haven for lovers of old technologies and designs. According to this latest visual leak, the iPhone SE 4 expected to launch next year will be taking after the iPhone 14 design, now also considered a “last-gen” design, except for one curious feature that’s both surprising yet makes total sense as well.

Designer: Apple (via 91mobiles)

The iPhone SE, which stands for “Special Edition,” has always been an oddity in Apple’s lineup. Although it was regarded to be the cheapest and smallest iPhone from the company’s catalog, those points aren’t always true as each new model is introduced. To some extent, it feels more like the iPhone SE is an ode to technologies and designs that are being put to pasture, whether it’s the small design and headphone jack of the first iPhone SE or the physical home button of the iPhone SE 3.

Unofficial CAD renders, uninspiring as they might look, offer some clues to the design changes that Apple intends for the 2025 iPhone SE. For one, it finally bids farewell to the small-sized iPhone with what is allegedly a 6.1-inch screen. Second, it also removes the thick bezels of the past, embracing a screen that has been around since the iPhone X, which also means finally embracing the notch. More importantly, however, this kind of bezel-less display also has no room for Touch ID, so fingerprint authentication will finally be gone for good, at least on iPhones and iPads.

For all intents and purposes, the iPhone SE 4 looks like the iPhone 14 from 2022, which itself sported a design that was significantly unchanged since the iPhone X from 2017. The only major difference, at least from a design perspective, is that the camera on its back retains a single circular bump more reminiscent of the iPhone 8 and earlier eras. Given there might only be a single camera anyway, that’s a better choice than having a square bump with barely anything inside it.

The renders do suggest that the 4th-gen iPhone SE will also adopt a USB-C port, a technology that Apple introduced to iPhones only last year. This is quite a modern feature for an iPhone SE model, but considering the pressure on Apple to adopt a standard charging port, it doesn’t come as a surprise. That said, these are still all unofficial, so details might still change before the new iPhone SE launches, which is expected to happen next year.

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iOS 17.4 vs iOS 17.3.1 (Video)

iOS 17.4

The anticipation is building for Apple’s next big software rollout, iOS 17.4, expected to hit iPhones within the next 48 hours. For those eager to understand how this update compares to its predecessor, iOS 17.3.1, we’ve got you covered. Drawing insights from a detailed video analysis, we delve into the performance enhancements and tweaks that […]

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What to do after you install the iOS 17.4 software update

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Apple’s iOS 17.4 software update is coming this week, the update is either going to be released today or tomorrow and it will bring a range of new features to the iPhone, plus some major changes to the App Store and the ability to use alternative App Stores in Europe. To ensure you harness the […]

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Apple backtracks on removal of iOS 17.4 Home Screen Web Apps in Europe

iOS 17.4

Apple’s iOS 17.4 software update is coming this week, it brings major changes to the App Store in Europe and now Apple has announced that it has changed its mind on removing Home Screen Web Apps in Europe. Previously, Apple said that it would be disabling Home Screen web Apps in Europe for “security and […]

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What to expect from iOS 17.4 (Video)

iOS 17.4

Apple will be releasing their iOS 17.4 software update this week, we had the Release Candidate software last week, which is the final beta and the release of this new software update is expected to land tomorrow. The video below from Brandon Butch gives us more details on the new iOS 17.4 software and some […]

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Unlock Your iPad’s Full Potential: Adjust These Settings

iPad Settings

In the digital era, personalizing your gadgets is more than a preference—it’s a necessity for efficiency and productivity. Especially with an iPad, tweaking its settings can transform your user experience from standard to exceptional. You’ll be pleased to know that with a few adjustments, your iPad can become even more intuitive and tailored to your […]

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Awesome iOS 17 iPhone Widgets You Should Check Out

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As the digital landscape of our iPhones becomes ever more integral to our daily lives, the introduction of innovative widgets with iOS 17 has been a game-changer. Widgets, those small interactive tools that reside on our home screens, have evolved beyond mere shortcuts, transforming into comprehensive, at-a-glance solutions for a myriad of everyday tasks and […]

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