3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 25, 2012 11:42 AM by danddr
danddr Level 1 (0 points)

I am currently running OS X 10.5.8 on my MacBook (early 2008) and want to know if I can upgrade to a version that will allow me to use iCloud to sync with my new iPad?

  • steve626 Level 4 (1,485 points)

    I believe to use iCloud you need to run at least Lion (10.7). (Only the Find My iPhone or Find My Mac parts of iCloud work with OS earlier than 10.7/Lion).


    I think you can run Lion but you should check each of the following:


    "To use Lion, make sure your computer has the following:

    • An Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
    • Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later to install via the Mac App Store (v10.6.8 recommended); you can install without Mac OS X v10.6 by using an OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, available on the Apple Online Store
    • 7 GB of available disk space
    • 2 GB of RAM

    If your Mac does not meet these requirements, you will need to upgrade your Mac before installing Lion"

    You have a Core 2 Duo. You can upgrade to 10.6 and then install Lion, or use the thumb drive approach mentioned above (thumb drive Lion costs about $70 I think). You need to check your RAM to see if you have enough.

    Folks have reported that 4 GB RAM is really a minimum for a decent experience with Lion.

    For Mountain Lion, see this ( http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5444 ) for what you need to have to install OS 10.8. I don't think you can use Mountain Lion (10.8) with your early 2008 Macbook.

  • steve626 Level 4 (1,485 points)

    P.S. You can probably still buy Lion from private resellers, but to buy it directly from Apple, you need to call 1-800-MY-APPLE and ask for a sales person.

  • danddr Level 1 (0 points)



    Thanks!  Looks like I may have an excuse to get a newer MacBook!