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The iMacompanion gives easy access to a front USB port without compromising the beautiful, clutter free design of the iMac. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 27, 2014.

The iMacompanion gives easy access to a front USB port without compromising the beautiful, clutter free design of the iMac.

About this project

9to5Mac : "Clever Project puts USB port at the front of the iMac"
BelgiumiPhone: "Gives you easy access to the USB port of the iMac"
MikeShouts:  "Sometimes the simplest idea could be a life changer"
MacMixing (Video Interview): "There are so many time that I could have used this"
TodaysHype: "Thumbs up for solving the iMac USB access problem at low price"
UberGizmo: "iMacompanion making it easier for users to plug USB devices"
MacG: "Made out of the same aluminium as the iMac it blends in perfectly!"

Certain USB devices, such as a printer or a hard drive, may always stay connected to your iMac. They can therefore be plugged into the rear ports of the iMac and left there without a problem. However, when you want to add files from your USB thumb, or transfer photos, or other day to day uses for a USB port - accessing them in the back can be a hassle! 

The iMacompanion solves that problem by giving you access to a front USB port while preserving the design of the iMac. 

The iMacompanion is a USB 2.0 (USB 3.0 is a Stretch Goal) extension made out of sandblasted and anodized aluminum to seamlessly integrate itself at the foot of the iMac. Thanks to the ultra-slim cable (0.01 inch/0.25 mm) that passes under the foot of the iMac, it will keep your desktop cable free.

To install, simply remove the protective layer of the sticky tape below the iMacompanion, stick it on the tip of the foot, and pass the cable under the iMac. The cable will be completely invisible from the front. 

Thanks to its unique design, the iMacompanion is fully compatible with all iMacs ranging from 2004 until Today! It also works with both the 21.5 inch and the 27 inch versions and it is very likely that it will be compatible with future iMacs. 

The iMacompanion is also compatible with Apple's Cinema Display screens and other brands of screens with hard to reach USB ports in the back. Please check measurements carefully before pledging.

The iMacompanion is a USB 2.0 extension made out of sandblasted and anodized aluminum just like Apple's own iMac. 

  • Length: 1.9 inch (46mm)
  • Front: width 1.3 inch (34mm)
  • Back: width 0.9 inch (22mm)
  • Height: (excluding the front edge) 0.7 inch (18mm) 
  • Height: of the front edge 0.25 inch (6mm)
  • Weight: 1oz (25gr)
  • Cable length: 23 inch (60cm)
  • Cable width: 0.01 inch (0.25mm)

Xbench Transfer Speed test on a random USB 2.0 Thumb:

  • In the iMac's rear port: Write 6,57MB/s Read 18,58MB/s
  • Via the iMacompanion: Write 7,24MB/s Read 18.65MB/s

The sticky tape below the iMacompanion can be re-used several times should you change iMac (though we recommend not to treat it as a mobile port).

The iMacompanion is an accessory every iMac owner should have. It's also a unique gift for people who love their iMacs!

Click here to go to our press kit.

Here are all the steps that we have completed so far in the creation process of the iMacompanion:

 To continue we need you Kickstarters! To be able to produce the iMacompanion at a reasonable cost we will need to order molds and they are expensive! Here is the timeline from the project onwards:

Launching the iDockAll has taught us precisely how to successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign, and we know how challenging it can be. Our priority is, and has always been, to make sure our backers are happy with their purchase and the service they have received. We are very proud to say that in the vast majority of cases, we have succeeded! We intend to do even better in this campaign.

We are now 100% ready. All processes have been carefully tested, allowing us to establish confirmed lead times of manufacturing. We are confident to say that we will be able to ship within five months of the project's funding.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you.

And of course, feel free to share this project with anyone who loves their iMacs.

Thank you warmly for your support,
Nathalie and Kevin

For more updates you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter !

Apple and the iMac image are trademarks of Apple Inc.,
No endorsement implied.

Risks and challenges

We have already successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign with the iDockAll, so we know how challenging it can be. Thankfully, with our first project, we have gained a lot of experience in production, quality control, shipping, lead times, and customer service.

We have also kept production in mind while designing the iMacompanion. It is only composed of seven different parts, and that is including the sticky tape!

We may encounter new challenges with this campaign but feel that we are sufficiently prepared and more experienced than ever to make it a success. We are confident that our backers will be thrilled with the iMacompanion!

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FAQ

  • YES!
    We haven't showed that in the video but yes the cable of the iMacompanion is long enough so that it can go through the hole of the iMac's foot. You can see that in our photos.

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  • At this point have not found an ultra flat cable that can handle USB 3.0 as it requires a certain width to ensure data transfer speed.

    BUT we are not giving up! If we find a solution we will put it as a stretch goal! Stay tuned.

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  • Not at All!
    The cable is as fin as a paper therefore this absolute no impact on the iMac's stability.

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    *Super Early Bird Special* Get your own iMacompanion in solid sandblasted anodized aluminum. Price includes shipping in the US. Super Early Birds pledges will be the first to ship!
    Planned retail price $39

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    *Early Bird Special* Get your own iMacompanion in solid sandblasted anodized aluminum. Price includes shipping in the US. Early Birds pledges will be the second to ship!
    Planned retail price $39

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    192 backers

    Get your own iMacompanion in solid sandblasted anodized aluminum. Price includes shipping in the US.
    Planned retail price $39

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    12 backers Limited (8 left of 20)

    *Early Adopter Special* For those who can't wait! We'll ship the first 20 fully functional and finished pre-productions prototypes of iMacompanions as soon as they are ready and before everyone else.

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Funding period

- (32 days)