Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 3:12 PM (in response to Hankud)
Yes. This sounds like a mess but it is understandable how it could happen. It's like one of those logic puzzles involving the wolf and a sheep and some straw in a boat...
Basically you need to upgrade to Snow Leopard first.
or call the phone number in the Apple Online Store: 800-MY-APPLE
Snow Leopard costs $20, or $30 for a five user license.
Do not obtain Snow Leopard from any source other than Apple.
Make sure your system meets Snow Leopard's requirements:
To install Snow Leopard for the first time, you must have a Mac with:
- An Intel processor
- An internal or external DVD drive, or DVD or CD Sharing
- At least 1 GB of memory (RAM) (additional RAM is recommended)
- A built-in display or a display connected to an Apple-supplied video card supported by your computer
- At least 5 GB of disk space available, or 7 GB of disk space if you install the developer tools
Once you do all this upgrade iTunes to the latest version. It will read your existing iTunes music. Don't worry about the error you received - that happened because you installed an older version of iTunes.
Then, you can finally sync your iPhone 4S.
After that you can decide if you want to upgrade OS X to either of its later versions.
... I found a CD of software in the box that I hadn't seen before...it was the Mac OS X Lion software.
Most likely that is not for Lion but an older version of OS X. Do not misplace those discs. They may be required in the future and can be very troublesome to replace should they become lost.MacBooks iMacs iPods AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion, 27 years Apple!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 4:03 PM (in response to John Galt)
Thank you so much, this was very helpful! I appreciate it. Once I install Snow Leapord, I assume I will be able to get the Mac app store in my dock?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 4:46 PM (in response to Hankud)
... Once I install Snow Leapord, I assume I will be able to get the Mac app store in my dock?
Yes, that is the reason you must have Snow Leopard first.
After you upgrade to Snow Leopard and everything is running the way you expect, you can decide if you want to upgrade to Mountain Lion:
Mac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" System Requirements
To install Mountain Lion, you need one of these Macs:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
Your Mac needs:
- OS X v10.6.8 or OS X Lion already installed
- 2 GB or more of memory (RAM) (More than that is recommended)
- 8 GB or more of available hard disk space
If your Mac meets these requirements, Mountain Lion will appear in the App Store.
If it falls short it may still be eligible for Lion though:
Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" System Requirements
- Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon CPU
Core Duo CPUs are not sufficient for Lion
- 2GB of memory (RAM)
- OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)
Lion does not appear in the App Store. To obtain it you would need to phone Apple and order a download code, which is subsequently used to "redeem" in the App Store.
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