Future-proofing The Retina iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iMac DV, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. iMac DV macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2014
    Here's a question. When the Retina iMac internals eventually show their age and I want to upgrade to a more powerful system, can I jury-rig it to be used as an external display by bypassing the internal hardware and linking my future desktop system to the monitor element of the iMac?

    I don't mind drilling into the system and gutting it, as long as I get to use the display element in a few years.
  2. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
    No one knows for sure yet. Wait for a tear down...even then it may be an unknown unless someone hacks it.
  3. paolo- macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    All the other iMac models can be used as external displays out of the factory. The retina iMac can't. I think the main reason behind it is that display port 1.3 which enables 5k resolution has just been released mid September. We'll probably have to wait for this time next year for thunderbolt 3/display port 1.3 support to be available.

    From the looks of it hacking into the display will probably be next to impossible as Apple had to make custom chips for it and is probably using a custom protocol.
  4. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    Unfortunately there is a caveat starting with the mid-2011 iMacs, where the signal needs to be Thunderbolt and (Mini-) Displayport is not sufficient anymore.
  5. iMac DV thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2014
    Hmm, looks like I'll be waiting for the breakdown and most likely the 2nd gen then.
  6. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    recalling their video, the laymen explanation reinterpreted means you'd need an intermediary to connect any current mac products with the 5k display. The teardown may reveal what this is and if its possible or not.

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