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Austinjcooke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently received an iPad for Christmas. I don't have a desktop or laptop computer and so I may be given an old emac from my grandfather that he no longer uses. I'm sure i could have found this somewhere i just didn't really know where to look, and I'm sorry i don't know more details but I'm not sure what os it is on or anything. My question is what os requirements are there for the iPad? Is it worth me taking this older computer to use my iPad with. All i want to use it for is music and video storage to transfer back and forth to and from my ipad and to have a computer to sync my iPad with.

Thanks for any help!

Ipad, iOS 4
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,065 points)
    The eMac will not handle Snow Leopard. You will need the Leopard OS. Hopefully it's already there. If it is not, call Apple and explain your problem. They dropped Leopard from the Apple store but I've been told that it's available if you plead. 800-275-2273

    By the way, it's a good thing that you're young - the eMac weighs a ton!
  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (104,130 points)
    The requirements are (from http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/)
    Mac :
    - Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
    - Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
    - iTunes 10.1 or later (free from www.itunes.com/download)
    - iTunes Store account
    - Internet access

    PC :
    - PC with USB 2.0 port
    - Windows 7; Vista; or XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    - iTunes 10.1 or later (free from www.itunes.com/download)
    - iTunes Store account
    - Internet access
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,065 points)
    Following up on the Penguin's comments, I don't remember if the eMac's USB is V2 or V1. You might want to check that out.
  • Austinjcooke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks! It apparently has 10.1. Unless anyone knows another way I can haha i guess Monday morning I will plead my case with apple
  • Austinjcooke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Also do you have any idea how much leopard may cost now if I get them to let me have it?
  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (104,130 points)
    This post from a couple of days ago gave it as $129 (with needing to call Apple to get it) - http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=12843027#12843027
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,065 points)
    Before you invest the money for Leopard, confirm that the eMac has USB-2.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (76,980 points)
    Call the Apple store (1-800-MY-APPLE (800-692-7753) and get Leopard, 10.5 for $129.
    When you call ask specifically for a *Product Specialist*.
  • Spanky D. Rascal Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    Austinjcooke,
    Let me save you some trouble. When you power up the eMac, go to the Apple in the top left corner of the screen and choose About This Mac. If the processor is not at least 1.25GHz, don't bother getting Leopard. The 1GHz and slower eMacs only have USB 1.1, I know I've worked on them. Also, to eliminate any disputes, [here|http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/emac/index-emac.html] are the specs.
  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,885 points)
    The simplest thing might be to find a friend with a valid computer & go over there once a month to sync. From reading here, you need a computer for initial setup & for certain configuration options but once that is done, you are good to go. You do need to backup your data. All 'computer like devices' will fail. Syncing backs up your data.

    I've heard that an Apple Store will configure the iPad for you if needed.

    Since the eMac in question has 10.1 on it. It is an old machine. Be sure it meets the speed & memory requirements.

    To see the specs on the machine:
    apple icon in upper left > about this mac > more info

    Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard requires:

    * A Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or Power PC G4 (867 MHz or faster) processor
    * 512 MB memory or more
    * A DVD drive for installation
    * 9 GB of available disk space or more

    An adventurous person might be able to get around some of the requirements.

    Robert
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,065 points)
    Spanky D. Rascal wrote:
    Austinjcooke,
    Let me save you some trouble. When you power up the eMac, go to the Apple in the top left corner of the screen and choose About This Mac. If the processor is not at least 1.25GHz, don't bother getting Leopard. The 1GHz and slower eMacs only have USB 1.1, I know I've worked on them. Also, to eliminate any disputes, [here|http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/emac/index-emac.html] are the specs.


    Yeah, that's what I had thought but I wasn't certain. I had a 1G eMac and I remember USB-1.1.
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (154,025 points)
    Right after the iPad first came ut users were able to use it with a computer that only had USB 1.1 ports. Syncing/backups were slow, as expected, but it worked.
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,065 points)
    lllaass wrote:
    Right after the iPad first came out, users were able to use it with a computer that only had USB 1.1 ports. Syncing/backups were slow, as expected, but it worked.


    Do you know if that's still true?
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (154,025 points)
    I just connected my iPad to one of the USB 1.1 ports of my G4 (I sync with the Mini). The photo import app opened, the iPad appears in iTunes and I received the know caution/option about transferring stuff and erasing. Based on that, I would say USB 1.1 still works.
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