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

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  • edclange Level 3 Level 3 (895 points)
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    Sep 19, 2012 8:49 PM (in response to Sparesy)

    It's already acknowledged.  Right in the System Requirements that are printed on the iPhone 5 box, and on the tech specs site.

  • Alan0214 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2012 6:34 PM (in response to djtnyc)

    This is a big problem.  I wish I would have iClouded.

  • Kym D. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2012 7:59 PM (in response to djtnyc)

    Share the pain! Just got my iPhone 5 and realized I can't put all my music on my phone (except what I bought on iTunes) because I still love my good old G5 and can't upgrade the OS neither iTunes. At least it works well for photos with iPhoto but everything else, i'm screwed... Looks like i'll have to upgrade...

  • Pyramus13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 22, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to Kym D.)

    WOW! Same here. So frustrated with Apple right now. If anything, they should at least make the Snow Leopard update available again at the apple store on online. I'm having to hunt for it on other sites like Amazon and they are selling it at a ridiculous price. So much for apple rewarding thier loyal fans. What's the point of buying any content for my iPhone 5 if I can't sync it to my computer? Buying apps, music, media, etc on the phone is terrible! I always buy things on my computer then sync them to my phone. Won't be doing that until I update my OS on my computer or return my iPhone and go for a Galaxy. Ugggggggg......

  • randolph1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 22, 2012 7:36 PM (in response to Pyramus13)

    Completely feel the same way. I bet windows users with hardware and software that is not brand new have no trouble. Apple has continuously disappointed me with their unwillingness to support users who buy their product but do not upgrade. It happened right after I bought a 3k+ 17" titanium PowerBook. It happened with my iPhone 3G. I'm starting to think droids and pcs are the smarter way to go. Cant easily merge my iPhone 3G or my 24" iMac (or my PowerBook <--less than 10 years old) contacts to new iPhone 5. Can't move my music that I own to the new iPhone. Just bought an iPad for my wife. Can't move anything to that either. Might be time to switch to Microsoft and google :-(


    Lifelong Mac user (starting in the 80s)

  • randolph1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 22, 2012 7:44 PM (in response to randolph1)

    Yes. I'd be fine if I had windows software that is 11 years old. Should I mention that my iMac freezes due to a design flaw that causes the video card to overheat. Or that I had to tear my 3G phone apart to change the battery. Shame on you apple...

  • ra0ul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 24, 2012 3:01 PM (in response to djtnyc)

    Apple should be ashamed of themselves. This lack of backwords compaitbilty is disgraceful.


    Here's your new iphone, look at all the new features... pity the standard ones like puting music on your phone are gone.


    I feel ripped off and offended.


    Who wants to buy my OLD iphone 5?

  • Jake25uk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 12:40 PM (in response to djtnyc)

    I had this problem when I had a g4 quicksilver and bought a iphone 4 which would not work with tiger and my mac was not powerful enough to run leopard in the end I had to hack the firm wear to make leopard install, obviously with a totally different processor this cannot be done this time, I now have a g5 and am getting an iphone 5 as I have a intel iMac at work which I will use,


    Apparently once installed ios6 will sync with a PowerPC mac but not install or sync with the iphone 5 (this is down to the new connector not new iOS).


    So annoying as a g5 is more than powerful enough (it's only copying stuff to a phone ffs)


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  • CaseyC8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 9:09 PM (in response to djtnyc)

    "iTunes 10.7, which is too advanced to be installed under Leopard OS 10.5.8"

    Did you happen to ask Apple how iTunes 10.7 is too advanced for OS X 10.5.8 which was released 3 years ago, but it's not too advanced for Windows XP, which was released 11 years ago?  I guess I had it wrong all along, when I bought my Power Mac for $2000 I really should have just bought a PC for a quarter of that because Windows XP is obviously more advanced than what my Mac with dual 2.0 Ghz processors, 16 GB RAM, and 2 TB harddrives is capable of running. 

  • gdgmacguy Level 6 Level 6 (18,405 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 9:16 PM (in response to Sparesy)

    It's not a secret, Sparesy.  System requirements are easily found on Apple's website.

  • ra0ul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 5, 2012 4:16 AM (in response to gdgmacguy)

    I don't think when buying a phone that the end user should have to look up the spec of the phone, iTunes and operating system independently. It's a phone not war games.


    Perhaps you should consider new iPhone users before making obtuse and unhelpful comments.

  • WiseJD Level 4 Level 4 (1,120 points)
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    Oct 5, 2012 5:34 AM (in response to djtnyc)

    I believe with some Mac Computers you can also call a special Apple number to get OS X 10.6

  • Photoantics Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 17, 2012 1:46 PM (in response to djtnyc)

    I'm sure these forums are saturated with this annoyance to old skool Mac users.


    I do not understand why there should be an issue in syncing the iPhone 5 with my faithful iBook G4.

    There is probably a very simple and logical explanation to why this is?

    My Mac is running OSX 10.5.8 (Leopard)


    iTunes 10.6.3 knows the device has been plugged in, as it prompts me to upgrade to iTunes 10.7, which obviously I cannot do.


    iPhoto '08 also recognizes the iPhone 5. This is the area which confuses me. I can extract my photo's and video to my iBook effortlessly.


    Then for another test, I downloaded a free trial of iPhone to Mac Transfer, which is compatible with PPC and Leopard.

    This software showed all the content of my iPhone 5, but that's it before it bombs out. It also shows my phone as being the iPhone 4.


    Is it the case that you can pull stuff from the iPhone 5, but can't send data to the device?


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