iPhone 5se 9.3.1 not syncing with OS X 10.6.8 what to do?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Calum F Smith, May 18, 2016.

  1. Calum F Smith macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2016

    as the title suggests I am unable to sync my iPhone to my iMac. when I try to sync it says my my version of iTunes is to old. I'm guessing it means the version on my iMac (11.4) and to update further requires an OS X update. Is it worth updating past snow leopard as I'm reluctant to have my computer effected when I am happy with its performance at the moment. If I update the OS X will I have to update as far as El Capitan or will Mavericks suffice or should I consider an itunes alternative on my iPhone like Swinsian or the likes (if alternative music player is suggested please suggest the best alternative if there is better than Swinsian).

    thanks in advance for any help offered
  2. Erdbeertorte Suspended

    May 20, 2015

    sadly there is no iTunes version for Snow Leopard that is able to sync with iOS 9.x, I think you need at least 10.8.5.

    Edit: Yes the System requirements for 12.3.3 and 12.4 are 10.8.5 and later. Maybe some version before worked still with Lion, but non with Snow Leopard.
  3. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You need to be on OS X 10.8.5 or later to use iTunes with your iPhone SE: http://www.apple.com/iphone-se/specs/ (scroll to the bottom for system requirements.) Your iMac should work fine with El Capitan, but I recommend you make a full backup of your computer before you upgrade in case you find something that doesn't work.
  4. RedOrchestra, May 18, 2016
    Last edited: May 18, 2016

    RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012
    You're hooped - Snow Leopard supports nothing in Apple's new world - you can't do back-ups to iTunes, you can't use iCloud, you can't sync - from past experience, you're on your own with that 5se BUT maybe someone else has a workaround other than upgrading your Snow Leopard.
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    You'll want to be real clear on what software you have and whether or not it is fully supported on anything past Snow Leopard.
  5. geta macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2010
    The Moon
    Unfortunately you can't download Mavericks or any other OSX except El Capitan unless you downloaded them while they where available in the App Store...
  6. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015
    There are plenty way to find other OS X image from Internet. Hint: torrent.

    And don't dismiss torrent, not all torrent files are virus or malware fasted. Since Apple offers OS X for free, who cares where I find my disk image
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You never said which model iMac you had.

    Also...are you syncing just to backup the iPhone?
  8. hycone macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2010
    I am on the same boat but there isnt a free and complete solution available that I could discover, you may consider a mix and match of the below options amd see if they do any good.

    Fortunately I can still import photos via iPhotos from my iOS9 device, Im on Spotify for music so not able to sync from iTunes doesnt bother me. so my worry now is only about the backup of everything else.

    1. Install El Capitan as dualboot solelt for iTunes
    2. Install BootCamp and sync thru Windows
    3. Restrict backup the important data only using free 5gb iCloud servicd.
    4. Sign up iCloud for full iPhone backup.

    Good luck!

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