Target Display Mode for MBP?

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  1. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    Any chance of a Target Display Mode as seen in the new iMac for the MBP? Is this a hardware or software thing?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Hardware. Maybe on the next MBP. Not possible on current ones.
     
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  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    It allows you to use the 28" iMac as a display. In other words, you could hook up a blu-ray player to the iMac and watch the movie.
     
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...don't you have to "find" the proper adapter that runs ~$150 USD to do that also?
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Depends. If you have a player with a DisplayPort output then no, otherwise yes.
     
  7. Yixian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What is the technical limitation on the current MBPs that means this isn't possible?

    Or is it just a case of Apple haven't enabled it in the software because they want to sell more ACDs?
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I would expect the new 27" iMacs have a bidirectional display port while the others have only an output port. Most likely you need new hardware.
     

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