iMac as a monitor?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hitek79, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. hitek79 macrumors member

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    Random question here, but I'm in need of a new desktop. Thing is I really don't think I can justify getting a Mac Pro because I need dual monitors(I already own 1 ACD), and it's overkill for what I need currently. In a couple of years though, I might need a more powerful computer, so at that point in time would it be doable to use the iMac as a second monitor for a new Mac Pro? At that point in time my daughter could use the iMac for her day to day stuff, and I could make use of my current ACD and the iMac as my second monitor.
     
  2. SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

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    iMacs can be used as just displays, it's called Target Display Mode.

    If the iMac has thunderbolt (2011 models onwards) then it can be used as a second monitor for any computer that also has thunderbolt.

    Pre-thunderbolt iMacs (pre-2011 models) can also do the same thing but will work with computers that don't have thunderbolt.

    More info can be found at Apple's TDM FAQs page http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3924
     
  3. hitek79 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sweet, that is EXACTLY what I was hoping for. Thanks!
     
  4. petalino, Nov 17, 2013
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    petalino macrumors regular

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    2006 Imac as second display for new 2013 iMac?

    I actually have the same question.

    I will be replacing my 20-inch Late 2006 (10.7.5) with a new, current generation 27 inch iMac.

    I doubt that my old 2006 IMAC has Thunderbolt.

    Can I use the old iMac as a second display for the new (looking at getting refurbished 2012 edition) 27" iMac I will be buying soon?


     
  5. petalino macrumors regular

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    Just wondering if anyone might have an answer?



     
  6. hitek79 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think you just need a Thunderbolt to MiniDisplay port cable, and it should work.
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    2006 iMacs do not have target display mode and accept no video input.

    You would need some kind of screen sharing app or an elgato device.
     

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