iPhone 5 and Mac incompatibility

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by qckslvrsiete, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. qckslvrsiete macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    In short:
    iPhone 5 requires iTunes 10.7 or later
    iTunes requires OSX 10.6.8 or later

    So, if you are still on Leopard, you can't actually sync an iPhone 5 to your computer, because you won't be able to download the latest version of iTunes. I found this out when I tried to set up a friend's new iPhone 5 from a backup she had on her macbook pro running Leopard. I was able to get her up and running by backing her phone up on my Mountain Lion mac, but the fact remains that she can never sync her phone to her own computer without upgrading the OS.

    Has anyone else run into this issue? I haven't heard much noise around it, and from what I understand there is no workaround. I have two reasons for posting this: 1) to see if anyone has hacked together a workaround and 2) to make those still on the fence, or even waiting on their pre-order, aware of something that is clearly stated in the system requirements, but not widely publicized -- namely that you may not be able to sync your iPhone to your mac without a system or even hardware (for PowerPC users) upgrade.
  2. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    You really don't need iTunes sync anymore....so...
  3. qckslvrsiete thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    Thanks. That was really helpful.

    I wasn't aware someone could complete the unlock process for an off-contract ATT iPhone 5 without restoring it through iTunes.
    Or that someone who prefers not to store all of their backup information in the cloud could restore that info to a new phone without using iTunes.
    And I guess Apple still lists iTunes 10.7 as a system requirement for the iPhone 5 "just 'cause": http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html
  4. Anti-Lucifer macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Dude take it to any apple store. They will restore for you. Done. That or upgrade to snow leopard. If you still running ppc hardware, go the apple retail store route.

    You seem upset over nothing.
  5. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    I activated my iPhone and restored it to my iPhone 4 without a computer even.
  6. qckslvrsiete thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    I was asking a simple question to help out a friend who doesn't want to use iCloud as their backup solution, and doesn't want to upgrade to mountain lion. I got a snarky response from verwon that was not helpful at all. Sure, I was a bit annoyed.

    My friend bought the iPhone 5 unaware it wouldn't work on her mac -- a mistake the could easily be made by other folks. I was just wanting to make them aware of what they were getting into.
  7. rmatthewware macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2009
    Aww, someone got their feelings hurt.
  8. SLC Flyfishing Suspended

    SLC Flyfishing

    Nov 19, 2007
    Portland, OR
    I ran into this issue with my iPhone 4 (I was still running Tiger back then). You know what I did?

    I bought and installed Snow Leopard. It was only like $29.00!
  9. Kikita macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2012
    also looking for a workaround

    just got an iPhone, got it all set up at the store, iCloud imported my contacts... but as I have a MacBook Pro that WON'T run any system over 10.5.8, and therefore won't run iTunes 10.7... kinda screwed (and no Apple I can't effing afford to plunk down however many hundreds of dollars for a new laptop -- I'm unemployed, the iPhone was a gift.)

    Looking into apps that may let me connect the iPhone to my computer, like iPhone Explorer did for older iPhones... no luck so far. Any other ideas?

    Planning to figure out if DropBox or a similar app might take the music/photo files i store in it, and give the iPhone access?
  10. tymaster50 macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    I'm glad I don't have to pay $20 on windows 7 lol but the tradeoff is iTunes runs like ****
  11. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    I can understand the frustration however ... Apple charging a uber premium for their hardware has been very fair with their software prices especially the last several releases. I think there really is several reasons to upgrade from Leopard to a newer version of OSX. It's not that much ... Also now with ICloud you don't need a computer to do a back up or restore.
  12. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    I have 10.6.8 and thought that was Snow Leopard? Anyways, my sync with an I-5 went great.

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