iMac / MacBook Pro Co-op

imacAs you may or may not know, Apple recently released new iMacs (along with some other things). One of the new features of the high-end 27″ iMac is that it has a display port so that you can use it as the display for another device. In particular, you can connect a MacBook or MacBook Pro to it to use the nice large screen.

While I think this is a great idea, it immediately strikes me as being not quite enough. What I’d really like would be the ability to connect a MacBook to it and then be able to make use of the iMac’s computing resources (hard drives, CPUs, GPUs, etc.). And, vice-versa, of course — have the iMac make use of the MacBook’s resources. Basically, I’d want to be able to choose which system is the master and have the other systems resources be available.

Of course, the hard drive is presumably already available via the network, so what I’m really looking for is just the coprocessing capabilities. I want my image and video editing to be able to make use of the memory and processing capabilities of both systems.

Am I asking for too much? As things stand, it’s relatively unlikely that I’ll be purchasing an iMac. But if this additional functionality were offered, that would be a different story entirely!


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  1. #1 by B.E. Earl on October 22, 2009 - 11:27 am

    My woman’s iMac broke down about a month ago or so. I told her to wait a bit before buying a new one because I knew a new one was coming out, but she doesn’t have the patience for that. Now, one month later, she’s pissed that Apple released the new iMac.

    How do you say “I told you so” in Mac-speak?


    • #2 by Ren on October 22, 2009 - 11:38 am

      B.E. Earl – I think “I told you so” is the correct phrase, but the tone is what really matters. You have to get just the right amount of Mac snobbery to really sell it. 🙂


  2. #3 by B.E. Earl on October 22, 2009 - 11:46 am

    How about “iTold you so”? 😉


  3. #4 by martymankins on October 22, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    I don’t think you are asking too much. The display use is just the start, or at least that’s the hope.

    I wonder if you could put the machine into Firewire Target mode, then on top of that, have it be in display mode, hook a firewire cable up to a MacBook Pro, a Mini display port up and be able to have access to the files on the iMac and use the display.

    Not exactly what you are looking for, but it’s a start.

    BTW, I so want one of those 27-inch models.
    .-= martymankins´s last blog ..48 Hours Of Blech =-.


    • #5 by Ren on October 26, 2009 - 9:00 pm

      martymankins – Another feature of the 27-inch (which may not be just that model or even new) is the ability to be mounted on one of those wall brackets. That could be nice.


  4. #7 by Kevin Spencer on October 28, 2009 - 3:25 pm

    I saw those new iMacs and just drooled. Would *love* one of those.
    .-= Kevin Spencer´s last blog ..Arizona State Fair =-.


    • #8 by Ren on October 28, 2009 - 4:17 pm

      Kevin Spencer – I’d like to replace the Windows system that my kids tend to use, but it gets the job done, so there isn’t any motivation. Which is too bad as it would be nice to have a second Mac in the house.


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