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#1 User is offline   Rcovell 

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:45 PM

A friend uses her old iMac with 10.3.9 (Panther) and likes it fine.

She came up with the idea of getting an iPad 4 to give her access to some things she can't get on her iMac.

Assuming she has or can get an Apple ID, can she make use of an iPad? The Apple specs specify 10.6.8 to sync, but,
is her use of an iPad precluded by her old OS? If it's possible to use an iPad, what does she give up by having an old
OS that she can't sync to?

Thanks, Bob.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

View PostRcovell, on 19 November 2012 - 01:45 PM, said:

A friend uses her old iMac with 10.3.9 (Panther) and likes it fine.

She came up with the idea of getting an iPad 4 to give her access to some things she can't get on her iMac.

Assuming she has or can get an Apple ID, can she make use of an iPad? The Apple specs specify 10.6.8 to sync, but,
is her use of an iPad precluded by her old OS? If it's possible to use an iPad, what does she give up by having an old
OS that she can't sync to?

Thanks, Bob.


With the advent of iCloud and "backing up" iOS devices to iCloud, she should be able to do it. She won't be able to sync the iPad with her iMac at all, but you can now set an iOS device running iOS 5 or iOS6 to "backup" everything to iCloud. So, if something happens to the iPad (i.e. it is lost & gets a new one or needs to be reset, etc), then she should just be able to "restore" the backup from iCloud. Now, iCloud only gives you 5 GB of free data, so if the backup happens to end up being larger than 5 GB (or even smaller if you have a lot of email or other things taking up part of your 5 GB), then she will have to pay for more data from iCloud.

Otherwise, she should be fine.

Getting things like photos (and other files) "on" or "off" can be accomplished with other "third party" apps (since Photo Stream in iCloud won't work with her Mac). For example, you can get photos "off" the iPad by Dropbox.

The end result is that you really don't need a computer for a "current" iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, or iPod Touch running iOS 6 or even iOS 5 for some devices).
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