Apple Is Now Killing Messages Beta For Existing OS X Lion Users

Apple Is Now Killing Messages Beta For Existing OS X Lion Users

Say goodbye to Messages. Apple's now killing it for Lion users.

Shortlt after Apple announced Mountain Lion would be shipping next month, Cult of Mac reported that Cupertino had already begun preparation for the operating system by pulling the Messages for Mac Beta from their official site. The app allowed users of OS X Lion to send iMessages to iPhones, iPads and other Macs, but since it’s a headlining feature of the $20 Mountain Lion operating system, it stands to reason they’d want to start curtailing access to the service for Lion users.

That’s not all Apple’s doing, however. According to a new report, Apple is actually forcibly disabling the Messages Beta for OS X Lion users. They really want you upgrading if you use Messages,

MacTrast reports:

When disabled, Messages clears out your entire contact list, as well as all of your messages, and leaves the user unable to send new messages or add contacts. The above shots taken from the Dock show the disabled Messages beta (left), compared to a still functional version of the app (right).

Intriguingly, Apple hasn’t universally thrown a kill switch, but seems to be disabling the service for users piecemeal, with some Macs being affected while others aren’t.

If you find yourself stuck with a killed Messages Beta install, remember you can always revert to iChat from the Messages menu bar by clicking “Uninstall Messages Beta.”

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  • TheTrufus

    Well that sucks… I was just about to revert back to Lion from 10.8 Dev Preview 3..

  • troyotts

    Couldn’t they at least wait until Mountain Lion actually comes out? I use Messages Beta all the time…

  • Tallest_Skil

    Blatant lies. 

    You can revert to iChat. You just can’t get BACK to Messages.
  • Lane Jasper

    And yet, when I try to uninstall it by throwing it in the trash I get a message saying “Messages can not be modified or deleted because it’s required by the OS”

  • Lane Jasper

    Well that sucks… I was just about to revert back to Lion from 10.8 Dev Preview 3..

    jump to Dev Preview 4 ;-)

  • Jonathan Ober

    Well this sucks. I find my productivity will be down graded drastically until Lion is ready then. I worked on a project the last three days almost non stop and my client was using iMessage on his iPad and laptop and I was using it on my laptop and iPad to communicate. Worked great when he sent me text that I needed to copy and paste into a website…now we have to use email…blah.

  • Blake Beavers

    FUCK

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  • vanmacguy

    I might have missed something but I installed the Messages beta on my May Pro running Lion a few months ago and then went to find iChat a while later to discover it was gone.

    After trying to find out why and not succeeding, I uninstalled the Messages beta and hey presto, iChat came back!
    So it seems like (in the beta at least) you can have either Messages or iChat but not both.
    Anyone else find that, or like I say, was it common knowledge and I just missed something?
  • jca488

    I think doomsday just arrived. messages beta stopped working :/

  • iOSinister

    hmmm my version of Messages Beta is still working. I am on a Late 2006 MacBook Pro running OS X Lion. I am not eligible for the OS X Mountain Lion upgrade :( I have been waiting on a daily basis for Messages to stop working but as of today (August 26th, 2012) it still works just fine! Anyone else’s Messages Beta still running or am I just lucking out here?

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