You cannot create an iCloud account on Snow Leopard or earlier. If you have opened an iCloud account on a Lion or above Mac or an iOS5 or above device 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 your browser is reasonably up-to-date.
- You will not be able to sync contacts or bookmarks from a pre-Lion Mac.
- You will be able to enter the server
email manually in the Mail application and access your
pictorial instruction page on doing this is here
(for Snow Leopard, or here for
- 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
working (and as not working by others). I've not tried it.
for an alternative.)
There are a couple of alternative syncing services you might like to consider, though they're not particularly cheap:
Soho Organizer can sync Calendars and Contacts with iCloud on Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion. A single user licence (multiple machines allowed) is $99.99.
(I have no connection with these firms. I am using Fruux and it works well on Snow Leopard; I've not used Soho Organizer but it has had good reviews.)
Note that Apple are now requiring app-specific passwords for third-party applications to access iCloud, so all the above-mentioned apps will need one. Also since Mail on Snow Leopard and earlier was not intended to access iCloud you will have to generate a password for it, for which you need to set up two-factor, or failing that two-step authentication, then you can set up an app-specific password. You enter the password in place of the normal iCloud one when logging into iCloud.
© Roger Wilmut. This site is not associated with Apple.