Mac OS: Facing the upgrade spiral

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Now that I’ve upgraded my iPhone to iOS 7 it won’t sync anymore with my MacBook. The message I get from iTunes is “The iPhone … cannot be used because it requires iTunes version 11.1 or later.”

iTunes 10.6.3 is the current versionThe iTunes I currently have is 10.6.3 which is the latest version for my Mac OS 10.5.8 (aka Leopard).

Admittedly I have been avoiding upgrading my Mac OS for as long as possible in order to avoid the upgrade spiral. I don’t want to upgrade my Mac OS until I am sure that my old versions of Final Cut Pro and Adobe CS4 tools, including Adobe Premiere and Photoshop will continue to work – I am not ready to upgrade these tools yet.

However, since my iPhone no longer syncs to my MacBook that means my calendars don’t sync either. Sometimes I enter an event into my iPhone, sometimes I enter an event into iCal on my MacBook. I like having that entering an event on one device will also have it appear on the other device – and with this part of the data flow being broken, I feel the upgrade spiral asserting its pressure.

I have a Mac OS 10.6.3 (aka Snow Leopard) CD but before I install it I want to test that Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro will work under this version.

How will I test that without wiping out my current OS? I’m thinking one of two ways:

  • Install 10.6.3 to a flash drive (or spare hard drive) and test,
  • Install 10.6.3 to a virtual machine and test.

Stay tuned for further developments.

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