can use my iMac as second monitor for new Macbook Pro 13"?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by zeppo2, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. zeppo2 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2010
    Currently I have an iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009), Model Identifier: iMac10,1

    I plan on buying a Macbook Pro this year, maybe even this week. If I buy now, it will probably be the 13".

    I need the laptop for a beginning programming class at school. I need the additional monitor space (run as an extension, not a mirror), to make the coding process easier for me.

    Ultimately, I will probably be buying a Dell Monitor, probably 23"-24".

    But for now, if possible, I will use my iMac as a second monitor.

    Is this possible and easy enough to do? If so, what cable do I buy?


  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Your iMac does not support Target Display Mode.

    Target Display Mode: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  3. zeppo2 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2010
  4. brentmore macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2002
    Unfortunately this iMac does support target display mode, but the good news is that Dell is running a promotion on their refurb monitors until tomorrow: 30% off and free shipping from the Dell Outlet store with code RWTD2T4SCRKP0X.

    I'm a big fan of the value of Dell monitors. I have 2 24s on a mini and another 24 as an external for my rMBP.

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