Is there a technical reason why I can't use the MBP as a target display?

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  1. cmChimera macrumors 68040

    cmChimera

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    I would like to use my personal Macbook Pro as a target display for my work iMac, but apparently that's not possible. Anyone know if there is a technical reason for this? And are there any workarounds that could provide a similar function?
     
  2. dyt1983, Mar 17, 2015
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    edit: To remove personally identifying information not relevant to the thread.
     
  3. nws0291 macrumors 6502

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    While not quite what you want there are apps like Synergy http://synergy-project.org/.

    This will allow you to easily control both machines almost like they are one.
     
  4. capuzino macrumors regular

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    Air Display might do the job for you.
     
  5. redheeler macrumors 603

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    The hardware of the rMBP simply wasn't designed to use this feature. However, what you want to do is still possible with some lag over Thunderbolt Bridge and Screen Sharing. A dongle to emulate a display will be needed to Extend Desktop on the rMBP through Screen Sharing, or an app similar to Air Display will do also this.
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Because no port is connected to the internal display. There's just no signal path for the video information to go through.

    AFAIK, there aren't any laptops on the market that do.
     
  7. cmChimera thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the replies! I'll check out the software solutions posted here.
     
  8. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    +1
     

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