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How do I sync iPhone 5 with Mac G5 OS 10.5.8?

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djtnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 19, 2012 9:40 AM

The Mac sync requirements for the new iPhone 5 list the minimum system requirements as OS 10.6.8 or later with iTunes 10.7. My G5 can only go as high as OS 10.5.8., with iTunes 10.6.3.

 

Also, iCloud syncing requires (I believe) the same minimum requirements.

 

QUESTION: Is there a work-around? How can I get the content from my iTunes on my Mac G5 onto the new iPhone 5 with iOS6? I have the new iPhone 5 on order and would really like use it with my current iTunes account and sync it with my data.

 

NOTE: I am able to sync my iPad 2 just fine with my G5 via my iTunes. I also have wi-fi.

Power Mac G5 (Late 2005), Mac OS X (10.5.8), One 2 TB hd + 500 GB HD 16 GB RAM
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Sep 19, 2012 9:43 AM (in response to djtnyc)

    iCloud requires OS X 10.7.4 or later.

     

    There is no workaround to use iCloud or iTunes 10.7 on a Mac running OS X 10.5.8

     

    You will need to upgrade to an Intel-based Mac running Lion or Mountain Lion.

  • mikesullakasully Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 19, 2012 9:50 AM (in response to Julian Wright)

    The only thing I can think of is to borrow a newer mac from someone, or try the Music Match service for a year and cloud sync all your music, (match is compatable with itunes 10.5.1 and up). Otherwise stop by a Apple store and see what they can do??

  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,720 points)
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    Sep 19, 2012 9:54 AM (in response to djtnyc)

    There is no work around for the iphone 5. The reason why you can sync with your ipad 2 is because you meet the system requirements for it. iCloud requires 10.7 or higher OSX so unfortunately you are out of luck with your G5. I would suggest if you could run windows in a virtual machine you can update to itunes 10.7 and go from there. The other option is updating your Mac to a newer machine.

  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,720 points)
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    Sep 19, 2012 9:57 AM (in response to djtnyc)

    One other option. Do you own an iphone 3GS or higher phone? If so you can use icloud on it and backup your phone to icloud and then just use the iclould backup over the air to set up your iphone 5. You won't lose anything. The only thing you will not be able to get back is music because that is on your G5. The other option to that would be to do as Mike suggests and use match and put all your music there.

  • mikesullakasully Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 19, 2012 10:01 AM (in response to KC7GNM)

    Never thought of that. Good Idea. Yes, you should definately try a windows virtual machine if you have a copy of windows laying around. And Sun has a great free virtualization tool that you can use called virtualbox: https://www.virtualbox.org/

     

    At least this would be the best FREE method if you have a copy of windows.

  • mikesullakasully Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 19, 2012 10:07 AM (in response to djtnyc)

    You CAN use match with iTunes 10.6.3:

    iTunes Match FAQs

    Who can use iTunes Match?
    Anyone with an Apple ID in the U.S and select other countries can use iTunes Match. You also need iTunes 10.5.1 or later on your Mac or PC and iOS 5.0.1 or later on your iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), or iPad.


    Getting Started

    1. 1. Go to iTunes on your computer, choose iTunes Match in the sidebar, enter your Apple ID and password, and click Subscribe.
    2. 2. iTunes Match will start scanning and matching your library and uploading your music to iCloud right away.
    3. 3. When it’s finished, you’ll see an iCloud icon in your iTunes library next to those songs stored in the cloud.
    4. 4. To turn on iTunes Match on your iOS devices, go to Settings, tap Music, and turn on iTunes Match.
  • mikesullakasully Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 19, 2012 10:19 AM (in response to djtnyc)

    Sure it will. In fact you either chose to download the songs to your phone, or just stream them: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/06/13/ios-6-itunes-match-stream-and-download/

  • Sparesy Calculating status...
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    Sep 19, 2012 6:19 PM (in response to djtnyc)

    This is a huge (expletive) inconvenience and should be acknowledged by apple before more people upgrade to the iPhone 5 or iOS6.

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