09imacIt seems the new 27″ iMacs are good for a lot more than just running the latest version of Mac OS X.

While it isn’t news that the new iMacs are widescreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio (the same as high definition televisions), what is news is what you can do with the 27″ version.

Thanks to the addition of a Mini DisplayPort connection port, the new model iMac is capable of being used as external screen for any computer (i.e. all of the current Mac products) that has the same style port.  So say you want to work on your MacBook Pro with a bigger screen, just use a DisplayPort cable and you can be viewing your laptop on the 27″ iMac screen in no time.  Of course this means you can’t use your iMac’s computing prowess at the same time, but it still makes some sense.

Where it gets even more intriguing is the other devices out there that are using the same connection technology.  There are now TV tuners and Blu-ray players being released with DisplayPort connections, so you could use your iMac as an HD widescreen monitor for watching television and movies.  Thanks also to a VESA mounting adapter you can purchase, you could mount your iMac on a wall and use it just like you do any other flat screen television.

With the available wireless keyboard and mouse for the iMac, you could still work away from the comfort of your favorite chair with your iMac on the wall when not in use to display entertainment, so you do not lose the computer aspects of the device at the same time.

Very intriguing, and it makes you wonder if Apple has some other tricks up its sleeves for the future of this technology.

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