My Google-fu has failed me. Is it at all possible to use Target Display Mode to connect a 12-inch MacBook (early 2016) to a 27-inch iMac (Mid 2011)?

Thanks for helping.

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It's not possible to use Target Display Mode to connect a MacBook (Early 2016) to a 27" iMac (2011)

For the Mid-2011 through Mid-2014 iMacs, you need a Thunderbolt cable and Thunderbolt isn't available on the Early 2016 MacBooks

From the Thunderbolt Support Page

A Mac notebook or desktop with a Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt port. enter image description here

From the MacBook (Early 2016) Tech Specs Page:

  • USB-C port with support for:
    • Charging
    • USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
    • Native DisplayPort 1.2 video output
    • VGA output using USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter (sold separately)
    • HDMI video output using USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter (sold separately)

Thunderbolt is not supported on this USB-C port.


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