Didn't realise they had removed this feature on the 2011 models, that's a major fail. With the 27" iMac having one of the best displays on the market you would think they would be using it as a real selling point.I think only last years 27" iMac can do this, the 2011 models only allow target display mode for other thunderbolt macs although I think it's still possible but only when the iMac is turned off!!
Seems Kanex are working on a new version for the thunderbolt 27"Both the new models have it now but only for thunderbolt equipped macs, least from what I've read. They dropped it from the spec too!
Will the Kanex XD work fine with the new iMac's (MC812B/A) via the Thunderbolt port?
Our Kanex XD requires modification to work with the new thunderbolt iMac 27-inch. We are under development of a newer version. Please look out for an announcement soon. In the mean time the Kanex XD still works for iMac 27 2009-early 2011 and also the LED Cinema Display 27-inch.
It wasn't removed, it was 'enhanced'Didn't realise they had removed this feature on the 2011 models, that's a major fail.
You'd think will Apples love for 'supplying' extra adapter options they would have swooped on this themselves in-house. Maybe it's the thought of people plugging in their blu ray players or playing games that were not purchased from the App Store that horrified them so much.It wasn't removed, it was 'enhanced'
A new adaptor should be possible, they just need to convert the HDMI output to displayport and then encapsulate it in the Thunderbolt protocol. Easy, eh?
As somebody pointed out in the iPhone thread, Apple don't really care about third party solutions too much, as there's no revenue in it for them. So anything which breaks a third party product probably doesn't lose them any sleep.
That depends on the eyes you view the product through.Apple seem to becoming past masters at coming up with innovative and neat products that don't quite hit the mark.
Oddly, given their popularity, I don't think they have ever appealed to the wider market. Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of an all-in-one and the Mini is just a little bit too odd for most people. I'd dare suggest that your average punter on the street looking for a new computer aren't quite ready for a tiny little silver brick, running OSX with bring-your-own peripherals.That's a fair point, Rob. Perhaps a better way to put it is that they are starting to remove features that make them less appealing to a wider market?