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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.

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.

1. I see none
2. See 1.

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Personally, I wouldn't bother even if you could as that monitor is old and tired and considering it's what you look at while you use the computer you could get something a hell of a lot better without spending an awful lot of money, and there has been a lot of advances and improvements in modern monitor design and manufacture.

Don't put unnecessary strain on your poor old eyeballs!!! ;) ;)

- Patrick
Actually for something that equals the iMac display it is not at all cheap. Anything that's affordable is merely decent, and does not come near this old iMac's display.

I am talking about prices in India and not in North America :)

Nothing wrong at all with the 2k 27" iMac screens.

But not with M1 according to Apple however that M1 MacMini proves them wrong.
Huh? Please elaborate on the bolded bit - I would like to know more, read more about this, etc.

Thank you and cheers
As you have learned, most iMacs aren't designed to be used as an external monitor.

However, this product will allow you to do so:

Luna Display ($120)
Luna Display — by Astropad
allows you to use iMacs that otherwise can't be used as an external display as one (unfortunately, it's priced close to what you would pay for a brand-new external display).
Thank you for the helpful response Randy - much obliged :)

Well, I nixed the Mac Mini idea and replaced the SSD on my iMac. It is no longer dying - on the contrary it is performing admirably now again. Plus I got a NAS, so that takes care of my data volume. I am a happy camper now :)

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