4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2012 12:19 PM by rufustanner
rufustanner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



I have been saving up for and bought an iphone 5 today, having had my 3gs for 3.5 years.


I have a Macbook on OS X 10.5.8. I know very litte about computers, and when I went to install my iphone, I saw that I had to have 10.6.2 or later.


How can I get this? Please say I can do this on my current computer...nothing AT ALL about this was mentioned at point of sale.



iPhone 5
  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (43,665 points)

    Any device running iOS 6 requires iTunes 10.7, which requires OS X 10.6.8 or higher.


    You will need to upgrade OS X on your Mac before you can update iTunes and sync your phone with it.


    Contact your local Apple Store for information on upgrading. You may need to upgrade the RAM in your system to accomodate the newer version of OS X as well.

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (40,975 points)

    All but the very first MacBook models are capable of running Snow Leopard. It will set you back $20. Once you install Snow Leopard you can update to iTunes 10.7 and you will be all set with your iPhone.


    To upgrade from OS X 10.5.8, you must first buy Snow Leopard by calling the phone number in the Apple Online Store: 800-MY-APPLE (in the US). Snow Leopard costs $20, or $30 for a five user license. Do not obtain Snow Leopard from any source other than Apple.

    Make sure your system meets Snow Leopard's requirements:

    Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" System Requirements

    To install Snow Leopard for the first time, you must have a Mac with:

    • An Intel processor
    • An internal or external DVD drive, or DVD or CD Sharing
    • At least 1 GB of memory (RAM) (additional RAM is recommended)
    • A built-in display or a display connected to an Apple-supplied video card supported by your computer
    • At least 5 GB of disk space available, or 7 GB of disk space if you install the developer tools


    After you install Snow Leopard you can decide if you want to upgrade OS X to the latest version, Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion is available in the Mac App Store, which is available to you after upgrading to Snow Leopard.
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,720 points)

    rufustanner wrote:

    .nothing AT ALL about this was mentioned at point of sale.



    That's because the requirements are printed right on the box.

  • rufustanner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much for your advice! Really appreciated