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Is my Mac iCloud compatible?

22 April 2012 2,017 views 4 Comments

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With MobileMe going dark when the clock ticks over from June 30 to July 1, time is running out to make the leap. However, comments posted on my Friday note about Apple’s liberal policy of giving away copies of Snow Leopard made me realize folks aren’t clear about which Macs are and are not compatible with iCloud.

First and foremost, Snow Leopard (10.6) alone isn’t enough. According to Apple’s iCloud Setup Page, you must be running OS X Lion 10.7.2 or later, which requires a Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better.

That said, in order to upgrade to Lion, you must be able to access the Mac App Store, which in turn requires OS X 10.6.6.

Or put another way, the legal and Apple prescribed upgrade path from OS X 10.5 Leopard to a Mac that’s iCloud compatible requires one to upgrade to Snow Leopard (now free with MobileMe for a short time), update it to v10.6.6 or later and then upgrade to OS X Lion ($29) via the Mac App Store.

And, anyone running Lion can setup an iCloud account. Same goes for anyone with an iPhone, iPod touch and/or iPad running iOS 5 or later.

Bye bye, MobileMe. Hello, iCloud

On July 1, when MobileMe is gone, iWeb, Gallery and iDisk won’t make the transition to iCloud. So, whatever data, images and pages you’ve posted/stored in those services must be rescued no later than midnight June 30 — here’s the Apple FAQ.

With iCloud — which is already live, functional and has generally been well received — Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Bookmark, Find My iPhone and Back to My Mac will continue. That’s not all, though, as Apple’s new online service adds iTunes in the Cloud ($25/year), Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, Automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books, and Backup and restore.

Ready to upgrade?

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