Cute Apple miniatures will transport you to 1984

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This 3D printed miniature of an Apple II was designed to house a Raspberry Pi computer.
This 3D printed miniature of an Apple II was designed to house a Raspberry Pi computer.
Photo: Charles Mangin/RetroConnector

Apple rolls out new products next week at the annual fall reveal, but you can’t stop thinking about the Apple IIc from 1984.

Self-taught hardware hacker and 3D printer Charles Mangin feels you. So much so that Mangin, of Raleigh, NC., creates tiny versions of classic Apple computers that encase the Raspberry Pi computers. He has even made a classic Mac that serves as a working charging dock for the iPod Nano and an SD card reader that looks an old Apple disk drive.

Magin made some modifications to fit the Raspberry Pi components.
Magin made some modifications to fit the Raspberry Pi components.
Photo: Charles Mangin/RetroConnector

Nostalgic for Apple’s past, you can own your very own Mangin creation, though the miniatures don’t come cheap.

His work, featured this week on the website 3dprint.com, has a gallery of mini Apples on his website RetroConnector, with prices ranging from $50 to $150. He also has an Etsy page or if you want to print them on your own 3D printer, Madigan has the plans available for download on Thingiverse.

Mangin created a classic Macintosh that works as a dock for the iPod Nano.
Mangin created a classic Macintosh that works as a dock for the iPod Nano.
Photo: Charles Mangin/RetroConnector

Mangin, who, according to his website, also helps people connect old Apple computers to new computers and peripherals, creates 3D images off of his own collection of vintage Apple hardware.

He also attends the annual KansasFest, an event for Apple II enthusiasts, where this summer he made a presentation to fest-goers on some of his RetroConnector products.

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