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Mac users will have to upgrade their operating system if they want to be able to use an iPhone 4 on their machines.
The Apple user guide states that Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later is needed to use the device. V3.co.uk contacted Apple to ask how much it would cost to upgrade the office machine, which runs on Mac OS X v10.4.11.
An Apple sales adviser confirmed that we would have to upgrade and recommended we purchase the Mac Box set, which costs £132.
However, Apple’s web site states it is also possible to buy a standalone version of Snow Leopard for £25, which seems a more reasonable deal.
The sales adviser also said that Apple only sells Snow Leopard for machines with an Intel chip. He added that users who have older machines, running chips such as the G4, would have to purchase Snow Leopard from external sources such as Amazon.
However, Snow Leopard is only available for Intel-based Macs.
Interestingly, the iPhone 4 will work with Windows 7, Vista and XP Home and Professional editions, with the latter needing SP3.
Still, considering that iPhone 4 prices start at £499, it seems a little unfair that some owners will have to dish out even more money before they are able to use the device – if they are lucky enough to get their hands on one, of course.