5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2013 11:36 AM by BellyDance
BellyDance Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm running an iMac with OS 10.4.11 (because of $$ to upgrade my pre-press software) and I'm thinking of getting a new iPhone that will come with iOS 6. Will I still be able to sync and/or update all my music, data, apps etc. and not "kill" iOS 6?

iPhone 4S, iOS 6.0.1, Mac's OS is 10.4.11
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (285,065 points)

    Syncing a device running iOS 6 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 unless the device's system requirements state that it requires Mac OS X 10.6.8.



  • alyk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm in the process of figuring this out. I can say for sure that Powerbook G4 w/10.4.11 and stock itunes 8.3 will not see the iphone 5. My next question is whether an upgrade to 10.5 will solve this problem. Will report back if i figure it out before my new computer arrives.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (285,065 points)

    It will not. An iPhone 5 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or newer to sync, which a PowerBook G4 can't be upgraded to. Earlier devices updated to iOS 6 can be synced to 10.5.8 but not 10.4.11.



  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,800 points)


    System Requirements

    • Apple ID (required for some features)
    • Internet access5
    • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:
      • Mac: OS X v10.6.8 or later
      • PC: Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
      • iTunes 10.7 or later (free download from www.itunes.com/download)




  • BellyDance Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Niel, alyk & roaminggnome!
    I was hoping this wasn't the case since my cell provider has just offered me a sweet deal on a new iPhone...


    This is really infuriating... I've been a loyal Apple customer since 1987 and now, if I want to get a new Apple phone, (since I'm getting really tired of dying apps on my iOS4.1) I either have to dump a load of cash to update all of my software on my iMac and so I can update my OS, or I have to buy a dumb 'ol DOS-Box 'cos even their old systems (Vista -- really???) can sync a new Apple phone.


    GRRRRRRRRR!!! I might just have to get a Samsung Android instead... I wonder if Apple has thought of that?