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    ibook g4 upgrade
    I m looking to upgrade my son's old ibook g4 for the sole purpose of using it with my ipad 1, which only occasionally requires a computer for upgrades, printing etc...this machine currently has OS X 10.4.11. I think I need to upgrade to Leopard, then Snow Leopard to get the version of Itunes i need. Right? I have been looking on ebay for leopard and see a wide range of prices ($50-$300) for what appears to be the same item. Can someone fill in the blanks on the specs I need for this? Is a previously used (only used once....) one ok or do I need new in box. Does it need to be specific to my exact model? other things to look for?

    thanks.

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    This iBook G4 can be upgraded to 10.5 "Leopard"...but it cannot be upgraded to Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard requires an Intel cpu.

    As far as e-Bay...not sure exactly what you're looking at...but what you want is the 10.5 Leopard install disk that's "dark" colored with a BIG X on it.

    You do not want a gray/silver colored disk!

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    upgrade for ibook g4
    does this mean that upgrading to leopard won't allow me to use it with my ipad as intended?

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    as said, the G4 will not be upgradable to snow leopard, SL requires an intel powered mac
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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpngo2 View Post
    does this mean that upgrading to leopard won't allow me to use it with my ipad as intended?
    Need additional information:

    - What application(s) do you need to use between your iBook G4 and iPad?
    - What version of those applications do you need?

    Once you answer these questions...we can better provide an answer.

    - Nick
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    thanks nick. i know i need access to Itunes- not sure what is the minimum version i need to add music, photos to my ipad. i was hoping the forum could help me figure that out. i posted this in the ipad forum too

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpngo2 View Post
    thanks nick. i know i need access to Itunes- not sure what is the minimum version i need to add music, photos to my ipad. i was hoping the forum could help me figure that out. i posted this in the ipad forum too
    Here's where we find that info:

    Apple - iPad 2 - View the technical specifications for iPad 2.

    Scroll down to "System Requirements"...and it states that a minimum of Mac OS 10.5.8 is needed...and iTunes 10.5 or later (see free download link).

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Poor Nick, you will never be rid of me....thanks for the education. i have the original ipad, which requires 10.5 OS and Itunes "10.1 or later" to quote the specs. My current itunes on the laptop is 9.1. i looked at the specs for Leopard but saw nothing on whether upgrading to that OS will give me the ability to upgrade to the proper itunes. How do I find that out. Google search gave me no luck? Thanks for your continued patient assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpngo2 View Post
    Poor Nick, you will never be rid of me....thanks for the education. i have the original ipad, which requires 10.5 OS and Itunes "10.1 or later" to quote the specs. My current itunes on the laptop is 9.1. i looked at the specs for Leopard but saw nothing on whether upgrading to that OS will give me the ability to upgrade to the proper itunes. How do I find that out. Google search gave me no luck? Thanks for your continued patient assistance.
    Yeah...I meant to ask if you had an iPad 1 or iPad 2...since the requirements might be a bit different (and it does seem that the iTunes requirement is different).

    Here's some info that should help:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITunes_version_history

    - Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) was released October, 2007
    - iTunes 10.1 was released November, 2010

    iTunes 10.1 was released roughly 3 years after OS 10.5...so no worries.

    When you install Leopard (OS 10.5)...run "Software Update"...and it will update you to OS 10.5.8...AND "Software Update" will also update iTunes to the latest version as well.

    Good luck,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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