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djtnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

The Mac sync requirements for the new iPhone 5 list the minimum system requirements as OS 10.6.8 or later with iTunes 10.7. My G5 can only go as high as OS 10.5.8., with iTunes 10.6.3.


Also, iCloud syncing requires (I believe) the same minimum requirements.


QUESTION: Is there a work-around? How can I get the content from my iTunes on my Mac G5 onto the new iPhone 5 with iOS6? I have the new iPhone 5 on order and would really like use it with my current iTunes account and sync it with my data.


NOTE: I am able to sync my iPad 2 just fine with my G5 via my iTunes. I also have wi-fi.

Power Mac G5 (Late 2005), Mac OS X (10.5.8), One 2 TB hd + 500 GB HD 16 GB RAM
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,860 points)

    iCloud requires OS X 10.7.4 or later.


    There is no workaround to use iCloud or iTunes 10.7 on a Mac running OS X 10.5.8


    You will need to upgrade to an Intel-based Mac running Lion or Mountain Lion.

  • mikesullakasully Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    The only thing I can think of is to borrow a newer mac from someone, or try the Music Match service for a year and cloud sync all your music, (match is compatable with itunes 10.5.1 and up). Otherwise stop by a Apple store and see what they can do??

  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,735 points)

    There is no work around for the iphone 5. The reason why you can sync with your ipad 2 is because you meet the system requirements for it. iCloud requires 10.7 or higher OSX so unfortunately you are out of luck with your G5. I would suggest if you could run windows in a virtual machine you can update to itunes 10.7 and go from there. The other option is updating your Mac to a newer machine.

  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,735 points)

    One other option. Do you own an iphone 3GS or higher phone? If so you can use icloud on it and backup your phone to icloud and then just use the iclould backup over the air to set up your iphone 5. You won't lose anything. The only thing you will not be able to get back is music because that is on your G5. The other option to that would be to do as Mike suggests and use match and put all your music there.

  • mikesullakasully Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Never thought of that. Good Idea. Yes, you should definately try a windows virtual machine if you have a copy of windows laying around. And Sun has a great free virtualization tool that you can use called virtualbox:


    At least this would be the best FREE method if you have a copy of windows.

  • djtnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the thought, but aan't use Match necause it has the same system requirements.

    Also, I'm all Mac, no windows.


    But I was wondering if I can sync my data from my iPad to the iPhone 5, once they're both on iOS 6?

  • djtnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the idea, but this will be my first iPhone. It will beva brand new carrier account.

  • mikesullakasully Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    You CAN use match with iTunes 10.6.3:

    iTunes Match FAQs

    Who can use iTunes Match?
    Anyone with an Apple ID in the U.S and select other countries can use iTunes Match. You also need iTunes 10.5.1 or later on your Mac or PC and iOS 5.0.1 or later on your iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), or iPad.

    Getting Started

    1. 1. Go to iTunes on your computer, choose iTunes Match in the sidebar, enter your Apple ID and password, and click Subscribe.
    2. 2. iTunes Match will start scanning and matching your library and uploading your music to iCloud right away.
    3. 3. When it’s finished, you’ll see an iCloud icon in your iTunes library next to those songs stored in the cloud.
    4. 4. To turn on iTunes Match on your iOS devices, go to Settings, tap Music, and turn on iTunes Match.
  • djtnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But Match won't work with iOS 6 on the iPhone.

  • mikesullakasully Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Sure it will. In fact you either chose to download the songs to your phone, or just stream them:

  • djtnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In order to use Match with iOS6, you need to use the latest version of iTunes, which I can't install on my G5 with OS 10.5.8. It's a "catch 22" situation.

  • djtnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm going to the Apple store now to make an appointment to talk to a genius. I may have to cancel the iPhone 5 order. I don't want to buy a new Mac just to use the phone. It's not just the cost of a new computer I don't need, it's the cost of updating all my software. Ugh!


    My G5 is loaded and works great.

  • djtnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you all for your input and suggestions. Much appreciated.


    I just came back from talking to a knowledgable Apple employee at the Apple store. For anyone else in my postion who wants to buy an iPhone 5 (iOS6) here it is:


    I can save ONLY my Contacts and Calendar data (and maybe my bookmarks) to iCloud from my iPad 2. Then sync up the iPhone 5 to that info in iCloud. This is free. That's all that I can sync that way.


    And as long as I stick to iOS 5 on my iPad 2, I can continue to sync everything on my iPad with my G5, as I have been.


    The bottom line for the iPhone 5 is: I cannot sync anything else, including music, pictures apps and files in Leopard and iTunes 10.6.3. Those require a minimum of iTunes 10.7, which is too advanced to be installed under Leopard OS 10.5.8. The highest version that works in Leopard is iTunes 10.6.3.


    Match also requires at least iTunes 10.7 for iOS6 devices.


    Obviously, when I upgrade to an Intel Mac (with at least OSX 10.6.8 or higher) I'll have a newer iTunes that syncs everything else with iOS6. In iCloud or otherwise.


    In other words, Leopard users can't sync their content the iPhone 5. The only way is to email it to yourself, I guess.

  • Sparesy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is a huge (expletive) inconvenience and should be acknowledged by apple before more people upgrade to the iPhone 5 or iOS6.

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