4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 10, 2012 12:27 PM by 61deitanti
sweatyboab Level 1 (0 points)

I'm on Mac OS X 10.5.8 and I want to upgrade to 10.7 so that I can use my iPhone5, and get appstore etc..

Why is it so difficult? Why does it prompt me to download massive files, then say I need 10.6 to install them? Driving me nuts! I tried to download 10.6, but it tells me I NEED 10.6 do run it....what's going on? HELP!!!!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • John Galt Level 8 (46,007 points)

    Yes, you need iTunes 10.7 for your iPhone 5 and iTunes 10.7 requires OS X 10.6.8.


    You will have to spend a few more dollars but it's a small price to pay to extend the life of your Mac.


    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.
  • 61deitanti Level 1 (0 points)


    I have the same problem but I live in Italy.

    Do you know where can I buy snow leopard (European sites ...) ?

    Thank you.

  • John Galt Level 8 (46,007 points)

    Hello 61deitanti


    Call this phone number:


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  • 61deitanti Level 1 (0 points)

    Grazie John.