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Helder Monteiro Level 1 (15 points)

I have an old PowerMac running Mac OS X 10.5.8. I would like to use iCloud service. Is it possible?

  • kennethfromtoronto Level 4 (1,035 points)

    Requires iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2, or a Mac computer with OS X Lion or a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Outlook 2007 or 2010 recommended). Lion will run on Intel Macs only, so that puts PPC Macs out of the loop. The short answer is "No".

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Some of iCloud, or at least MobileMe can be done a few other ways...


    Have a look at Google Sync, gMail, & Dropbox...





    All free.

  • Helder Monteiro Level 1 (15 points)

    Thanks a lot for the answers. Nevertheless I think that some of iCloud's functionalities for someone that owns an old PowerMac can be achieved in the Net. Perhaps through the Internet on the iCloud site?? Not through an app, installed on the computer or device, but directly from the net.. Just an idea... What all of you think?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Which services are you speaking of btw?


    I kind of doubt it though, since it's all tied up with later versions of many Apple APPs.

  • Sjazbec Level 4 (1,670 points)

    the sync engine is build into Lion. It lives in the menubar at login. .. It is no Web-feature. Its part of OSX.


    And regarding PPC Macs : they are obsolete. When 10.7 is out next month, you should prepare for the very near moment that Apple will stop Leopard ppc support completely.


    Buy a new Intel Mac. PPC is not worh it anymore.

  • Mikael Bystrom Level 1 (0 points)

    PPC's are worth it. I'll keep my G5 also when I get a new machine.


    That said, it's understandable Apple will not develop for Leopard or support it.


    However, Mac users being as they are it's not unimaginable that some will hack together compatible software for the sync parts.

  • jmichel91 Level 1 (0 points)

    So now everybody can see how much more advanced Windows Vista was than OSX Leopard : it was iCloud ready !!

    Thanks Apple for providing better support to Windows users…

  • drx1 Level 1 (0 points)

    PPC Macs are not obsolete at all ... a dual cpu, or dual core G5 is still a very nice system for many things.  Sure its old, but its defintely useful. 


    There is no reason Apple should neglect such systems.  They should support most (or all?) of iClound back to 10.5.8 ... 10.7 has some nice features, but kinda lacks some other features and I have no idea why Apple is trying to turn Mac OS X into iOS.  That's just dumb.


    iCloud email should easily work on even an old G4 ... come on Apple, we expect better from you!

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    iCloud email should easily work on even an old G4 ... come on Apple, we expect better from you!

    It does, just don't choose MobileMe/.mac as a choice...


    iCloud Mail setup...


    IMAP (Incoming Mail Server) information:

        ▪    Server name:

        ▪    SSL Required: Yes

        ▪    Port: 993

        ▪    Username: (use your address from your iCloud account)

        ▪    Password: Your iCloud password

    SMTP (outgoing mail server) information:

        ▪    Server name:

        ▪    SSL Required: Yes

        ▪    Port: 587

        ▪    SMTP Authentication Required: Yes

        ▪    Username: (use your address from your iCloud account)

        ▪    Password: Your iCloud password

  • Daniel Pacek Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks !!


    Any tips on hooking up iCal to iCloud ?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    You can only view iCal stuff on the iCloud site that was put there by a newer Mac/10.7.x or an iOS Device... no syncing.

  • columbinellc Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you thank you!  My older MacBook (which I use as an extra machine at my weekend residence) could not access the Mail function anymore and when I logged onto the iCloud server, it wasn't grabbing pdf attachments (go figure).  This solved my problem beautifully!!!!

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Great to hear, thanks!

  • Photoguy2383 Level 1 (10 points)

    Aqua Man, you really saved my behind.  I have his perfectly great G5 Power Mac and I was in the dark about how to receive my mail (former MM member) and kept my older mail address.   your directions you included last year helped a great deal.  It's uses and sharers like you who still make me proud to be part of the Mac community.  A big thank you from Phil 

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