Can I use a 2019 iMac as a monitor for a MacBook Pro?

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  1. Topkat macrumors newbie

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    Hi. It is not possible to use a 2017 iMac as a monitor for a MacBook Pro. Is it the same with the new 2019 iMacs? I'd consider buying one if I could use it as a monitor for my MacBook Pro. It's quite ridiculous that you can't.
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68040

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  3. cynics macrumors G4

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    I can't speak for the OP however at work I need multiple monitors to maintain a good pace. Sometimes when I get home and want to finish something up the lack of external monitors (although only temporary) slows me down. I end up switching between keyboards to keep certain things on both screens. So for me its more of workflow enhancer than computational power requirement.

    Ironically I could use TDM but I lack the frankenstein cabling required and don't want to invest into that when I'm considering a new iMac.

    There maybe some software that can solve my issue, I haven't looked into it too much but I recognize why someone would want TDM.
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68040

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    Why not get just a monitor?
     
  5. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

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    TDM isn't available on 5K iMacs, so answer to Op's question is NO.
     
  6. cynics macrumors G4

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    I want to keep an iMac for heavy lifting and I don't have much room for another monitor. I was considering getting a Mac Mini with a nice monitor so I could have another input for the MBP but I really like the iMac for my needs.

    First world problems really so I haven't invested too much thought into it especially considering the rarity of the circumstance that warrants its solution.
     

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