2797 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2011 8:04 PM by Michael Morgan1
On a Mac you need OSX 10.5.8 or later. If you have an earlier version Itunes does not see the iPad so you can't sync it or do other things that require a computer.
Currently the Version iPad is a "standard" wifi iPad sold with a Verizon MiFi that get internet access from wifi on the iPad to the MiFi device to the internet.
Hi and welcome...
How critical is it that I have a newer Mac to use the iPad?
The minimum requirements for the iPad is v10.5.8 (Leopard) as noted here.
If your G4 can be upgraded to Leopard, it's available at Amazon.
But make sure your G4 meets Leopards minimum requirements.
Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
512MB of memory
DVD drive for installation
9GB of available disk space
Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
Some features require Apple's .Mac service; fees apply.
You really do not have to beg Apple for 10.5.8. Just call and ask and fork over $129. More memory would really help performance too. I maxed (2GB) my duel 1gHz G4 and it is OK but not as good as my Mini. Also, an investment is a USB2 PCI card will speed up syncing. The G4 only comes with USB 1.1. The iPad will work with USB1.1 but with slow syncing/backup.