Thunderbolt port to mini-Displayport via Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable
Will a Thunderbolt cable connect a 2012 MacbookPro (with a Thunderbolt port) to a late-2009 iMac (with a miniDisplay port) and operate in target mode? What about audio signal as well as video?
- Asked by Andrew M from Darien
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The simple answer is no. The Mini-DisplayPort in your 2009-era iMac won't understand the thunderbolt signal. The Mini-DisplayPort in your iMac doesn't have a data channel the way ThunderBolt does, so it can't work in Target mode. Also, I've tried connecting ThunderBolt MacBooks to my 2009-era 27" iMac with a Mini-DisplayPort cable and the iMac doesn't recognize the laptop and doesn't display it's contents on the screen.
Sadly. despite looking physically identical, ThunderBolt and Mini-DisplayPort don't play well together.
- Answered by Matthew S from Toronto
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All you need is a mini-Displayport to mini-Displayport cable. Skip this upscale Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable. You'll find mini-Displayport to mini-Displayport cables much cheaper in other retailers.
- Answered by Meng W from Ansonia
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Yes, it will. I have exactly that configuration and the late 2009 iMac works in target mode with my MacBook Pro retina (MacBookPro10,1)
- Answered by Carlos G from Valencia
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Will this work on a macbook air with a thunderbolt port?
- Asked by Rachel R from Berkeley
- Dec 9, 2014
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- Asked by Bryce B from Vancouver
- Sep 30, 2013
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What are the USB ports and Ethernet port on Thunderbolt Displays used for?
- Asked by Vaibhav D from Pune
- Feb 17, 2014
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- Asked about: Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)