Which Mac Mini and OS please?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by stuartm, May 6, 2015.

  1. stuartm macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    I have a variety of apple devices:
    running Iphone 3gs and 4s and Iphone touch on IoS from 4.2 up to 8

    I have a OLLLLDDD PowerPC G5 non Intel which I now want to upgrade to a Mini but dont know which OS I should look for that will suit all my handheld devices (not all mine but my family's) main use to sync them with iTunes.

    My current OS on my PowerPC G5 is 10.5.8

    am I safe to just go for 10.8 say?

    Im also assuming that my current software wont transfer to a newer Mac Mini (looking to get 2nd hand).

    Any help would be appreciated to narrow my search.
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Scenario #1
    If you have PowerPC software, I think the latest OSX which has Rosetta included in installation DVDs is Snow Leopard. You'll probably want something between a 2009 and a 2010 Mini - the latter accepts up to 16GB RAM.

    Scenario #2
    You don't care with PowerPC software. In this case, I think that any second-hand Intel Mini will suit your needs. A base 2012 model seems to be a good choice. It's the latest one to provide a firewire 800 port, which can be useful if you have legacy devices.
  3. stuartm thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Many thanks, Scenario 2 is my preferred.
    What OS should I look for that will enable me to connect the span of legacy handhelds?
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you're going to get a new Mini, your only "choice" of OS is Yosemite.

    If you find a late-2012 Mini, you can use Mountain Lion (10.8.5), Mavericks, or Yosemite. If you're going to use either Mavericks or Yosemite, you'll want to run it from an SSD, as running from a platter-based hard drive may yield "less-than-pleasing" performance.

    If you decide to get a 2014 Mini (current model), I will warn you in advance:
    DO NOT buy the "entry level" Mini -- you will be dissatisfied with the speed.
    Get AT LEAST the "midrange" model Mini -- 8gb of RAM, significantly faster CPU, and better graphics.
    IF you get the midrange Mini, SERIOUSLY CONSIDER spending the extra $$$ up front to get the 1tb fusion drive option.
    It's a better value to buy the fusion drive "up front" from Apple, than it will be to buy the parts separately later on...
  5. stuartm thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Thanks, Im looking at a 2011 or 2012 version and assuming I use Mountain Lion will this be compatible with my older hand helds?
  6. tibas92013, May 8, 2015
    Last edited: May 8, 2015

    tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    Very good advice and a 256GB Kensington SSD costs around $350.00 installed here in Costa Rica.

    However, I personally would-opt for the Apple Upgrade SSD 256GB which I think costs the same as the Fusion Drive??
  7. Celerondon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2013
    Southern Cal
    Either System Will Be Fine

    Right, a 2011 or 2012 mini running Mountain Lion will work fine with your older devices. With this system, you will need to use modern Intel compatible software and leave your PPC classics behind.
  8. ixxx69 macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2009
    United States
    Is there a reason you seem so intent on running an old version of OS X?
  9. stuartm thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Not really just need to be sure that it will work on older handhelds that my family have like iphones 3-4 which run IOS 6 etc.
    I do realise that only up to a certain OS will I be able to transfer old programs across.
  10. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    iOS 5 on our 1st generation iPad syncs just fine with OS X Yosemite. No reason not to go with the latest OS on any mini late 2009 or later, and you get all the security updates.
  11. stuartm thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
  12. xsquid macrumors regular


    May 27, 2015
    That depends on the 2012 mini. Mine shipped with mavericks nib, restored to mavericks, and mountain lion is not an option. I am running yosemite.

Share This Page