Is it possible to use an iMac as a thunderbolt display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gdourado, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. gdourado macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2010

    How are you doing?
    Out of curiosity, I was wondering this...
    I know the thunderbolt 27 iMac can do target display mode from a thunderbolt equipped Macbook Air...
    My question is the iMac, like the Thunderbolt display, has ethernet port, firewire ports and usb ports...
    Can those be used in target display mode?
    Like, having the network connected by ethernet cable to the iMac, have some firewire 800 external drives daisy chained from the iMac, and use that from the Macbook air?

    Cheers and thanks!
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010

    I don't know, if you can establish a network connection between two TB equipped Macs though.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Unless they've changed something from the original Target Display mode, no, you can't.
    You can, however, access the speakers on the iMac.

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