2013 27" iMac as external monitor for M1 Mac Mini - possible?

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I know this is a long shot because I could not find anything in a web search, but I shall ask it here anyway - exhaust all avenues so to speak.

So, since the iMac is dying (and Apple says they will not look at any machine before 2015 and they suggested I buy a new Mac), I was wondering if I could use this as a display for a new Mac mini M1 I am looking at buying.

Advantages:
1. I get a proper and excellent IPS display at a high enough resolution
2. I save a ****load of money by not buying a new monitor (4K or otherwise) because I read that none of them equals the display quality of the iMac.

Disadvantages:
1. I see none
2. See 1.

Cheers

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,568administrator
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204592

    Mac has to work right, though.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    There’s actually a writeup on the main site from last month after Luke Miani explained how he did this exact creation. 

    Check it out here! 

    https://appleinsider.com/articles/22/04/29/youtuber-builds-his-own-studio-display-by-upcycling-an-old-imac?
  • Reply 3 of 3
    mdossmdoss Posts: 40member
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204592

    Mac has to work right, though.
    Thank you for responding :)

    I already went though this article before posting here :). It clearly says the following:

    "The following older iMac models can be used as an external display when plugged into another older Mac model.

    iMac models introduced in 2011, 2012, 2013, and mid 2014

    To use any of these iMac models as an external display:

    • The iMac used as a display must have macOS High Sierra or earlier installed.
    • The other Mac that you're connecting it to must have been introduced in 2019 or earlier and have macOS Catalina or earlier installed."

    My iMac has Catalina.

    The "other Mac" will be a brand new M1 Mac Mini, so not an "older model" and certainly introduced in 2019 or earlier and cannot have Catalina or earlier.

    There’s actually a writeup on the main site from last month after Luke Miani explained how he did this exact creation. 

    Check it out here! 

    https://appleinsider.com/articles/22/04/29/youtuber-builds-his-own-studio-display-by-upcycling-an-old-imac?
    Thanks you for responding :)

    Yes I did come across this before I posted :) Trouble here is, I do not have the technical capability nor do I have the tools to do this (and I am in India where indie repair-shops are very iffy especially when it comes to Macs.

    Cheers
    edited June 2022
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