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IMac :: Connecting A 24" Apple Cinema Display To A 27"?

Just wondering if its possible to connect an external monitor like the 24" cinema display to an imac 27" so I can use it as an extended desktop space?

Also heard something about possible 27" cinema displays coming out soon from apple.

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