3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 21, 2012 11:35 AM by Ziatron
vinchanity Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have two 27inch IMACS(2010) and really miss having the ability to use them as monitors for my bluray player. There are a couple adapters out there(Kanex XD and Belkin AV360) but they only work in OSX and only with mid 2010 27 inch imacs. Will the new IMACS with thunderbolt allow hdmi INPUT via thunderbolt adapter or thunderbolt to hdmi adapter?

  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,490 points)

    Since they aren't out there yet to be tested by the public, this is a wait and see moment.

  • vinchanity Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks, I know that they aren't released yet.


    Perhaps on a similar train of thought,..

    Does anyone that have IMAC with thunderbolt know if they can use an HDMI input into their IMACS via thunderbolt with an adapter?

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,745 points)



    Welcome to the wonderful world of copy protection.


    Apple's Mac lines includes a form of digital copy protection that will prevent protected media, such as DRM-infused iTunes movies, from playing back on devices that aren't compliant with the new priority protection measures.


    The Intel-developed technology is called High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) and aims to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across a variety of display connectors, even if such copying is not in violation of fair use laws.


    Among the connectors supported by the technology are the Mini DisplayPort found on Macs, in addition to others such as Digital Visual Interface (DVI), High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), Gigabit Video Interface (GVIF), Unified Display Interface (UDI) and Thunderbolt.


    Apple has apparently acquired a license for the technology and is now using it across its lines to to prevent transmission of purchased iTunes content (and some DVDs) to devices that don't include support for HDCP.


    The problem can often be solved by using an HDMI to Component Video adapter.  Component Video will give you a better HD picture than HDMI without any of the hassles of HDCP.


    Generally try to avoid using HDMI.   When able, use Component Video.  With Component Video you get full HD quality and you will never have HDCP hassles (which of course is why Hollywood wants to ban it).