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Old May 1, 2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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MobileMe migration to iCloud > minimum specs...

I'm confused. Or are the staff at the Apple Store, Regent Street, London more confused than I am???!

I just went to clarify the issue I have about migrating my (10 year old iTools), MobileMe account and corresponding data to iCloud, as I have only a PowerBook G4 at home now, I cannot and don't really want to attempt to make the move... (yet)

The facts being sent to me by Apple are:
1. To migrate to iCloud one needs OS X Lion 10.7.2 or later.
2. To run OS X Lion 10.7.2 one needs a Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor.

This I know all too well.

I thought I would ask again for peace of mind... except, the dear Apple Store staff, and not just one, but two of them told me I could install (my already received free copy of) Snow Leopard on my PowerBook G4 (currently happily running OS X 10.5.8) and then move to iCloud.

Surely they are mistaken??
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Old May 1, 2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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They are indeed mistaken. Snow Leopard will not only not install on a PowerBook G4, but would not give you access to iCloud either.

However, you are able to switch to iCloud and continue to access your email and sync contacts and calendars, just by changing a few settings. If it won't allow you to initiate the transition from your PowerBook, just go into an Apple Store, go to me.com/move in the browser on one of their machines, and start the transition that way.

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Old May 1, 2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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They are indeed mistaken. Snow Leopard will not only not install on a PowerBook G4, but would not give you access to iCloud either.

However, you are able to switch to iCloud and continue to access your email and sync contacts and calendars, just by changing a few settings. If it won't allow you to initiate the transition from your PowerBook, just go into an Apple Store, go to me.com/move in the browser on one of their machines, and start the transition that way.

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Thanks jW.

I'm just waiting for the new MacBook Pro to be launched, then I'll relax. Until then, I'm not going to wreck my MobileMe data... not until I really have to (June 30)
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Thanks jW.

I'm just waiting for the new MacBook Pro to be launched, then I'll relax. Until then, I'm not going to wreck my MobileMe data... not until I really have to (June 30)
Probably a safe plan. Just make sure you don't hold out too long.

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Never listen to Apple store staff, it's just this decades' McJob. Even the 'geniuses' are ironically named. Their knowledge is laughable and in this case, the fact they're telling you patently false information is disgraceful. Regent St like most flagships is a place to shop, just don't expect help or advice.

As you know, you CANNOT migrate to iCloud with SL. And you CANNOT install SL on your PPC-era PowerBook G4, as it was the first OS to require Intel architecture. I bet the majority of Apple Store employees are not even aware of the Intel/PPC move, much less when it happened. After all, six years ago is a long time ago when you're barely out of your teens now.

That's the bad news.

The good news is that as of today, you can preserve and continue to use your decade-old .mac email address after the MM shutdown, by use of a new option in the iCloud move process. You should be getting an email today, but it's there now regardless under "not all my devices meet the requirements" - but I want to keep my email working etc...

http://www.me.com/move/

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Thanks jW.

I'm just waiting for the new MacBook Pro to be launched, then I'll relax. Until then, I'm not going to wreck my MobileMe data... not until I really have to (June 30)
And sorry to burst your bubble here, but you won't be getting a shiny new MBP before the June 30 shutdown. The IvyBridge processors won't be available until at least this time at the earliest, much less appear in new hardware. Even if something is announced at WWDC, new hardware will almost certainly be held back for the release of Mountain Lion, expected some time in August/September this year.

So, if I were you, in the interim I would select the option to move/keep my .mac/.me email NOW, download your other MM data such as iDisk etc, use a workaround - one posted in a similar thread here - to sync calendars, until the leaves start turning red and brown and you can upgrade your hardware and OS in full.
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And sorry to burst your bubble here, but you won't be getting a shiny new MBP before the June 30 shutdown. The IvyBridge processors won't be available until at least this time at the earliest, much less appear in new hardware. Even if something is announced at WWDC, new hardware will almost certainly be held back for the release of Mountain Lion, expected some time in August/September this year.

So, if I were you, in the interim I would select the option to move/keep my .mac/.me email NOW, download your other MM data such as iDisk etc, use a workaround - one posted in a similar thread here - to sync calendars, until the leaves start turning red and brown and you can upgrade your hardware and OS in full.
I hear you, but I've been busy in the numerous MacBook Pro threads here for the last couple of months and some would disagree with you...

In the meantime, I will be backing everything up.
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