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Can an iMac be used as external monitor with a MBA?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MacPat333, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular


    despite the fact that someone would run an iMac rather than an MBA with external monitor, I still would like to know if it is possible to run the iMac as external screen without actually using the hardware of the iMac itself.

    Is there a "screen only" mode via TB?

  2. macrumors 68040

    Yes, the 2011 and (most likely) the 2012 models can act as a display for another Mac over Thunderbolt. So as long as your MBA is a 2011 or newer model you can connect them with a Thunderbolt cable and it should work.
  3. macrumors demi-god


    Yes. This may help: Use another Mac as a display
  4. macrumors 68040

    I have done this many times. My "work computer" is a MBA... and I have a 27" iMac at home. I would often connect my work computer to my iMac... using the iMac as only a screen. That combined with a wireless keyboard/mouse... I had a great 2560X1440 "work computer" while at home.

    I've since purchased an ATD as my monitor which I use at home with my MBA. The ATD can also be connected to the iMac to create a dual headed workstation.

  5. macrumors regular

    Great, thanks a lot.
  6. macrumors member

    Can this be done with a 2011 21.5'?? Just wondering if this is an option available only for the 27'...hmmm.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    It should work with any mac with a TB port.

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