I have a mac studio without any display and a 2020 iMac. I would like to use the iMac (or even some other macbook) as the primary display for the mac studio. As far as I searched, the possible option is using either the AirPlay or some other software which does not seem to outperform AirPlay.

But it looks like I will run into the following issues since I don't possess a normal display for mac studio in the first place.

  • When I open the box of mac studio, I cannot even start it to initialize because the iMac screen will not work before setting up the mac studio properly.
  • Every time I start my mac studio, I guess some setting in it is necessary before the iMac screen works, which is then not possible.

Any solutions or suggestions?

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You can't do this.

The only iMacs that work with what Apple calls Target Display Mode are the 2011 to 2014 iMacs.

For reference, this article from Apple Support.

You will need to get an actual monitor.

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