iCLOUD AND SNOW LEOPARD
Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6.x) and earlier systems are not compatible
with iCloud: Lion 10.7.5 is the minimum requirement, Mountain Lion recommended.
You cannot create an iCloud account on Snow Leopard or earlier. If
you have opened an iCloud account on a Lion/Mountain Lion Mac or an
this will be the situation on Snow Leopard:
- You will be able to access email and calendars on the iCloud
website at http://icloud.com provided
browser is reasonably up-to-date.
- You will not be able to sync contacts or bookmarks from a
- You will be able to enter the server settings for
email manually in the Mail application and access your email. A
pictorial instruction page on doing this is here
(for Snow Leopard, or here for Tiger).
- You will not be able to sync your calendars directly.
- Some people have been able to set up calendar syncing by using
the method detailed here
- this is an unsupported hack and may not be reliable, and may stop
working at some future point. (See below for alternatives.)
- Address Book won't sync: this
has a convoluted hack to make it sync which has been reported as
working (and as not working by others). I've not tried it. (See below
for an alternative.)
(Macs running Tiger can access Mail but will not be able to sync the
There are a couple of alternative syncing services you might like to consider, though they're not particularly cheap:
can sync Calendars and Contacts with iCloud on Leopard, Snow Leopard
and Lion. A single user licence (multiple machines allowed) is $99.99.
Tasks and Contacts between a wide variety of devices (not using the
iCloud server) including Snow Leopard and above, Windows Outlook and
Thunderbird, Linux Thunderbird, and iOS and Android devices - see their compatibility chart
(click the blue 'i' for a caveat about Snow Leopard). It's free for one user, two shares, two devices; above that pricing
starts at $20 per month.
(I have no connection with these firms and have not tried their products, though both have had good reports.)
Roger Wilmut. This site is not associated with Apple.