I have Mac OS X Version 10.5.8. Today I purchased the new iphone 5 and it's telling me that I need iTunes Version 10.7. Do I have to have OS X 10.6?

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    Both iTunes 10.7 and the latest release, iTunes 11.0.1, require OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard).

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  • To install iTunes 10.7 or 11 (and I recommend 11), you need OS X 10.6.8.

    To upgrade to 10.6.8 you need an Intel Mac with at least 1GB of RAM and 5GB of disk space and a DVD drive.

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  • Yes. iTunes 10.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

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  • Sadly, you do have to have 10.6.8 or later.


    System Requirements:
    • Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later
    • Safari 4.0.3 or later
    • 350MB of available disk space
    • iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match availability may vary by country.


    You must buy the upgrade disk in their store. You could try to find a Mountain Lion disk instead to save time and money.

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  • For iTunes, yes you will need Snow Leopard (10.6). However, you can still download pictures from your iPhone 5 even with Leopard (10.5), so it's not all bad news here. Also any purchased music can be transferred to your phone via iCloud and your account even with earlier versions of iTunes.

    But for all the features and flexibility that iTunes can provide for your iPhone 5, you will need to upgrade.

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    Yes, you need to purchase 10.6.8 Snow Leopard to install on your mac.

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  • yes, you do

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  • Yeas

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  • Yes I will too have 10.6.8

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  • Yes

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  • yes

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  • need to up grade

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