7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 20, 2006 7:57 AM by Lizz
Lizz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
I have a iBookG4. How can I tell if I meet the requirements to upgrade to Leopard. This is my first MAC, and I just hope that I can upgrade and that I didn't fail to get something I now need to upgrade.

iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.4)   30yrs on Windows: New to Apple--Happy, but CLUELESS.
  • John Huber1 Level 6 Level 6 (17,745 points)
    Hi Lizz,

    The final specs haven't been posted yet. Your iBook will run Leopard but it can't take advantage of all of its features such as Core Animation which is written for Intel Core Duo processors. I'm sure there are other video features that the iBook can't use due to the limits of the video card and processor..

    John
  • Lizz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thank you,.
    It's for sale you know.
    I'm worried about Firewire.
    I have no idea what it is and whether I have it.
    It's one of the requirements.
    I have a vague memory of someone asking me if I wanted it or saying it was included???? Can't recall.
    How can I find out if I have it.
    Really, really clueless.
  • John Huber1 Level 6 Level 6 (17,745 points)
    It's for sale you know.

    No, it's not for sale yet. Tiger is still the latest system for sale. Leopard is a "Sneak Preview".

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/

    I'm worried about Firewire.

    You have Firewire on your iBook. It's the port next to the ethernet port on the side. It's a high speed interface used mainly for external hard drives and downloading video from cameras.

    John
  • Lizz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Whew.
    Thanks.
    If I understand what I read on the Apple site, I have all of the requirements for Leopard. I know one day, things may move ahead so far that I will have to buy a new computer, but I love my little iBook and hope to use it for a long, long time. I purchased an ipod mini a few days before it became extinct. So I've that feeling of being out-of-date early. I'm not familiar with Apple's policies, so I didn't know if they would release a new OS that would force people to buy new machines. My iBook came with Tiger, but I have talked to other Mac owners who have not upgraded to Tiger because their beloved machines can't handle it or they are concerned about upgrade problems they hear from others.
    Here is the website where I found the Leopard for sale. Maybe it's advance orders. http://www.apple.com/macosx/upgrade/
    Thank you again.
    Lizz

    iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.4)   30yrs on Windows: New to Apple--Happy, but CLUELESS.

    iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.4)   30yrs on Windows: New to Apple--Happy, but CLUELESS.
  • Lizz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I am guilty of being hasty and wrong.
    That link is for Tiger, which you, of course knew.
  • John Huber1 Level 6 Level 6 (17,745 points)
    Don't worry Lizz. Your iBook will be supported for many years.

    John
  • Lizz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I had to write again because I saw that I put the comma in the wrong place in the above post, which you also probably knew.
    Reminds me of a t-shirt I saw once that read, "Does anal retentive have a hyphen?"

    Thanks again. I'm ready to give Apple more money as soon as Leopard is available.

    iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.4)   30yrs on Windows: New to Apple--Happy, but CLUELESS.