iMac 27 as Display Thunderbolt to Mini Display Port

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by romanobstuder, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. romanobstuder macrumors newbie


    Jul 14, 2013
    Hi all
    I currently run an iMac 27 (Mid 2011) desktop machine.
    This machine has 2 Thunderbolt connections, no Mini Display Port.

    I would like to use an older style iMac 27 (Late 2009) as display only.
    This machine has a Mini Display Port.

    Will any Thunderbolt to Mini Display Port cable do the trick?

    I would be happy if the display works, if sound and USB work, that would be a bonus.

  2. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Mini DisplayPort support is built into Thunderbolt. You can grab a Mini DisplayPort cable on Amazon for $8.

    Mini DisplayPort does support audio, but it will not allow you to use the USB ports on your 2009 as I understand it (that would be more of a Thunderbolt-to-Thunderbolt feature)

    EDIT: You can read more about Thunderbolt / Mini DisplayPort and Target Display Mode here

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