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How do I get iCloud to work with my mac that has snow lepard and is pre intel?

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Richard Kerns Calculating status...
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Oct 12, 2011 11:28 AM

How do I get iCloud to work with my mac that has snow lepard and is pre intel?

  • Phoney McRingRing Calculating status...

    You don't.  It requires Lion, which only runs on Intel-based Macs, specifically Core 2 Duo processors or higher.

  • Dealingsix Calculating status...

    I have the same issue and after researching it sounds like older macs are being squeezed out by iCloud, and now they're discontinuing MobileMe in June 2012, which is what I've been using to sync devices to date, so that will go away and I'll be stuck buying a new computer if I want to have my iPad info (mail, photos, files, etc.) synchronized.  I can't afford a new computer, and my older mac works just fine, although we've been having trouble with iPhoto lately where the computer keeps encountering corrupt image files all of a sudden and can't "see" most of our pictures unless I waste several hours cleaning things up and rebuilding the iPhoto library, something the people at the Apple store taught me how to do.  I'm on my third time with this in as many months, and now it's happening again after only a couple of weeks.  I'm not a conspiracy theorist normally, but I'm starting to feel like I'm being forced to choose between buying a new computer, or losing years of data.

     

    I'm not far away from having an iPhone paid for by my work, which makes my dilemma even worse, I think.  I'm not certain, but I'm thinking the more Apple devices I have, the more complicated it's going to get and/or the more frustrated I'm going to become if I don't also buy a new iMac.  That's a big commitment, and as I said I can't afford it.

     

    By the way, how are you running Snow Leopard on a pre-Intel mac?  I thought the highest you could go was Leopard.  Interesting.  Good luck with the transition.

  • TZ Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    Personally I'm getting really sick of these forced hardware upgrades.

     

    It's like the original AppleTV that I own. If I want Airplay on it Apple says I need to by the newer AplleTV but the truth is Airplay works prefect on the original AppleTV if you are willing to jailbreak it.

     

    One of my accounts yesterday has decided to replace all their Powerbooks with Windows laptops rather than Macs due to cost. The Powerbooks worked perfect for what they were being used for but with the loss of MobileMe their only option was to replace them.

     

    The only thing being accomplished by Apple's policies is to force people to buy newer hardware and in this recession that means cheaper Windows hardware.

     

    Please let Apple now how you feel about this.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/icloud.html

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)

    Richard Kerns wrote:

     

    How do I get iCloud to work with my mac that has snow lepard and is pre intel?

    Since pre-Intel Macs cannot run Snow Leopard, the question is moot.

  • Dealingsix Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I hear you Richard.  I was at work today talking to a guy about it and actually found myself waist deep in a conversation about whether I could get a PC to fulfill my needs via iCloud, when I paused and realized I was actually giving careful consideration to something that hasn't entered my brain since I drove home with my iMac G5.  Translation:  Apple's really screwing up.

     

    Leave my MobileMe alone and I'll be there in the Apple store when this computer dies.  Take it away in June, and I'll be buying a Windows based laptop using Dropbox sooner rather than later.  And I will find no joy in doing so.  Next stop:  TZ's link for iCloud feedback.

  • Stephen Grant1 Calculating status...

    I agree. I am looking at the lenovo laptops. I never thought I would say that but here it is.

  • TZ Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    Stephen Grant1 wrote:

     

    I agree. I am looking at the lenovo laptops. I never thought I would say that but here it is.

    Sadly we are doing the same for our two bedroom secondary computers. Right now we have a 15" Core Duo that is stuck at Snow Leopard and a 12" Powerbook stuck at Leopard. My partner and I use these for email, scheduling, sufing the net and accounting for our businesses.

     

    These aren't our main Macs and we need then to continue syncing our address books, calenders, bookmarks and mail accounts and rules with our main Macs, iPhones and iPads.

     

    As much as we would both love new Macs these are only secondary laptops and we can buy two Windows laptops for a few hundred dollars that would do what we need.

     

    We both have 17" Macbook Pros at the office right now and when these get replaced they would become our secondary computers, like the ones we keep on our night stands.

     

    We even have a 17" Powerbook that is used in our kitchen for recipes and stuff. The fact that it stays in sync with all of our other Macs, iPhones and iPads keeps it useful.

     

    We also have a Mac mini that is used as a server and entertainment center in our Den, It is also a Core Duo that is stuck at Snow Leopard.

     

    If all of a sudden these can no longer be kept in sync we are not going to run out and buy tens of thousands of dollars in new Macs we are  going to buy cheap Windows laptops and when it comes time to replace our main Macs it may not be with Macs if we are already using a bunch of Windows laptops.

     

    And this is just in our own household. I have clients that have a huge investment in Macs, like at design and pre-press, and many of these Macs can not run Lion or even if they can the software that they run is stuck at Snow Leopard.

     

    One of the great values of Apple products has also been their long life. Macs would get moved down the line to less demanding uses as newer Macs replaced them. Now they are going to get replaced but not with Macs seeing as they will no longer work with Apple services.

  • LJH_CMH Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Richard Kerns wrote:

     

    And it kills me that a friend who has pc computers and just has an iphone and ipad can breeze through all this with no problem and he still has XP.  So Apple goes back and helps old OS for pc but not for it's own kind!!!

     

     

    Richard, I agree with you 1,000%. I wrote this in a forum a few weeks ago, when a user was complaining about Snow Leopard not supporting iCloud:

     

    Why is it that if I bought a Mac before July of this year, I must pay to upgrade my operating system in order to take advantage of iCloud? Meanwhile, a Windows Vista SP2 user, who bought a new computer in May 2009, already has everything they need on their computer to use iCloud.

     

    Why was it possible for Apple to write a free iCloud Control Panel that was compatible with existing versions of Windows, but Mac users must buy an entirely new operating system?

     

    If Apple gave Mac users the same amount of backwards compatibility that it gives to Windows users, people with OSX 10.5 (Leopard) would be able to use iCloud. That's something to think about the next time you go to purchase a new computer.

     

    (P.S. Something else to think about: If you bought a Mac before October 2007 (when OSX 10.5 was introduced), your computer won't run iTunes 10.5 unless you buy an upgrade. But a PC user, who purchased their computer as long ago as Sept. 2004(!), can run iTunes without an OS upgrade.)

     

    I got so angry thinking about this, that I ended up writing an angry note to Apple on their feedback page. After repeating what I just wrote here, I asked them to commit to providing at least the same level of support to Mac users that they do for PC users when it comes to their cross platform products (iPhone, iPad, iCloud, Apple TV, Safari, iTunes, etc.) And, really, is that so much to ask?

     

    I wish I knew how to start a petition requesting that Mac users get comparable treatment as PC users. But then again, shouldn't that go without saying?

     

    Please leave feedback about this revolting double standard on the Apple feedback page. They should be thinking long and hard about why their own customers are treated worse than the customers of their competition.

  • Sjazbec Level 4 Level 4 (1,665 points)
    Meanwhile, a Windows Vista SP2 user, who bought a new computer in May 2009, already has everything they need on their computer to use iCloud.

    Still he needs a iOS5 device ..

  • LJH_CMH Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Sjazbec wrote:

     

    Meanwhile, a Windows Vista SP2 user, who bought a new computer in May 2009, already has everything they need on their computer to use iCloud.

    Still he needs a iOS5 device ..

     

    Well, yeah, everyone needs an iOS device to use iCloud. That's what iCloud is for. My point is that he doesn't need to update his entire operating system to take advantage of this stuff, but a Mac user does (unless he bought his computer in the past three months).

  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,275 points)

    Look on the bright side. It's only £20. If you had to upgrade Windows it would be £200!

  • LJH_CMH Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    igmackenzie wrote:

     

    Look on the bright side. It's only £20. If you had to upgrade Windows it would be £200!

     

    True enough, but most people don't have to upgrade Windows. That's the point.

     

    And, also, it's more than just the cost. It's the hassle of going through the whole upgrade process, having all your settings messed up and (in the case of Lion) losing some great features that were only available in Snow Leopard.

  • TZ Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    LJH_CMH wrote:

     

    igmackenzie wrote:

     

    Look on the bright side. It's only £20. If you had to upgrade Windows it would be £200!

     

    True enough, but most people don't have to upgrade Windows. That's the point.

     

    And, also, it's more than just the cost. It's the hassle of going through the whole upgrade process, having all your settings messed up and (in the case of Lion) losing some great features that were only available in Snow Leopard.

    You left out the cost of replacing all the secondary Macs that people own that will have to be replaced with a newer Macs in order to continue syncing.

     

    Plus even after you run right out and replace all our older Macs, we all have millions burning a hole in our pockets, many features of MobileMe are not being carried over to iCloud.

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