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Chiquon

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Oct 7, 2010
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Twickenham, UK
I've just upgraded my parents to iCloud on their phones, and just realised that they are running Snow Leopard on their home Macbook Pro. Possibly a little premature!

To date they have been syncing contacts and calendars with iTunes (without MobileMe).

I have told them not to USB sync their iphones with the Macbook Pro, and am now wondering what the next step is!

1. Can they continue to USB sync with iTunes? Will the new iCloud contacts sync properly with their Macbook Pro contacts?

2. If not, I'm guessing they should just upgrade to Lion, switch on iCloud, and choose an option to overwrite (rather than merge) the contacts on their Macbook Pro.

Does this sound sensible?
 

musty345

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Feb 28, 2010
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I'd definitely tell your parents not to sync their phones.

Upgrade to Lion, and then under the 'System Preferences' setup iCloud. Then try syncing and all of your contacts should be on their phones, on their macs and on iCloud :)
 

BrianBaughn

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Feb 13, 2011
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Be aware that if they're running any legacy, PowerPC software the upgrade to Lion will render it useless.

The only thing I've found that comes close to getting iCloud (Contacts and Calendar) on Snow Leopard is a paid, online service at memotoo.com. You create an account there (there's a free, limited version to try first), then sync it with both iCloud and Mac OS X (Address Book, iCal).

Or you could just switch them to Google for contacts and calendar.
 

Chiquon

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Oct 7, 2010
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Twickenham, UK
I'd definitely tell your parents not to sync their phones.

Upgrade to Lion, and then under the 'System Preferences' setup iCloud. Then try syncing and all of your contacts should be on their phones, on their macs and on iCloud :)

Thanks - that confirms my suspicion that it would be a train wreck to do so!! :D

They are running a MacBookPro3,1 - MA896xx/A. It was bought in about 2006/7. Do you know if this will run Lion?

Thanks again!

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Be aware that if they're running any legacy, PowerPC software the upgrade to Lion will render it useless.

The only thing I've found that comes close to getting iCloud (Contacts and Calendar) on Snow Leopard is a paid, online service at memotoo.com. You create an account there (there's a free, limited version to try first), then sync it with both iCloud and Mac OS X (Address Book, iCal).

Or you could just switch them to Google for contacts and calendar.

Thanks Brian. I'll check for legacy software, but sounds like it will just be easier to get them on Lion!

Cheers!
 

BrianBaughn

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Thanks - that confirms my suspicion that it would be a train wreck to do so!! :D

They are running a MacBookPro3,1 - MA896xx/A. It was bought in about 2006/7. Do you know if this will run Lion?

Thanks again!

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Thanks Brian. I'll check for legacy software, but sounds like it will just be easier to get them on Lion!

Cheers!

It'll run Lion in 32-bit mode only...no big deal. If it only has 2GB of RAM you should probably increase it.
 
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