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by dh1526 / November 11, 2012 3:24 PM PST

Had Macs all my life but now things are getting complicated.
I have G5 with 10.6.8 and now have bought iPhone 5.
Don't think that I can upgrade to higher OS so that means I am stuck with old 10.6 iTunes. do I get stuff from my desktop to my new phone?

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(NT) Have you tried updating iTunes?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 11, 2012 8:48 PM PST
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Thanx NT
by dh1526 / November 13, 2012 2:07 PM PST

Sorry, I am running G5 PPC 10.5.8 and can't upgrade my iTunes 10.6 to newer version.
Have a laptop MBPro 17" that also runs 10.5.8 but my wife only has an iPhone 3s so if
I upgraded her Leopard to Lion she probably won't be able to sink with the new iTunes.
Gets a bit confusing!!! Why can't iTunes be compatible with all systems? Now, because
I have a new phone, I must buy a new desktop and update all my operating systems as well!
Seems a bit rich. Apple needs to standardize. I also have a Belkin that plugs into my car lighter
and plays my music from the iPod through the car stereo. The 5 has a smaller connection
so this will not fit the Belkin for me to use as a charger. That's another story!

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I know what you mean, but
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 13, 2012 8:48 PM PST
In reply to: Thanx NT

we used to have ADB connectors for printers and keyboards, SCSI ports for external hard drives, floppy disk drives for something but all those have gone now.
Remember when ADB was replaced by USB? The only peripheral out there, other than the Apple keyboard, was an Epson printer.
Everything else was obsolete!

The new iPhone 5 connector will work with your Belkin with the aid of a small adapter.

Your G5 has had a good run and, in terms of computer years, is now past its prime and sliding the way of the G4 and G3 machines. Yes, they still run, but the world has moved on without them.

The wife's 3s can be swapped out for a very low fee, sometimes even $0.00, so there would be no problem there.

Just saying


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Thanks for your patience.....
by dh1526 / November 14, 2012 9:26 AM PST

You mean to tell me that it's time to ditch the G5?
Next I will have to buy all new CS suite because at the mo
I am running CS4. I think I'll try and upgrade the wife's first.
All I wanted was a new phone!!!!
Thanks for your assistance anyway.

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Sorry, but that is the price of going to the cutting edge
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 14, 2012 9:05 PM PST

On the subject of CS, check to see if your version is the Universal Binary or the PPC.

If UB, then you are ok and it will run on any Intel driven Mac.
If PPC, then contact Adobe about an upgrade price, rather than purchase a complete new version.

Given that you have a G5, presumably the tower version, then you must have a separate monitor.
Why not give some consideration to the Mac Mini.
You could run that, and the G5, via a KVM switch and have the best of both worlds

Check them out at the Apple store.


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