Apple Pulls Messages For Mac Beta Ahead Of Mountain Lion Launch Next Month

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If you don't have this installed already, you've missed your chance.
If you don't have this installed already, you've missed your chance.

If you haven’t already installed the Messages application on your Mac, you will now have to wait until OS X Mountain Lion is released next month to get your hands on it. The Messages for Mac beta, which was released back in February after Apple’s initial Mountain Lion preview, has now been pulled by the Cupertino company.

It’s unclear when or indeed why Apple removed the Messages beta from its site. I had an issue with the application late last night, and I decided to uninstall the application and then install it again to see if this solved the problem. However, the Messages for Mac beta page has been removed from Apple’s site, and when visiting the URL, you are redirected to the OS X page.

There’s still a Messages for Mac link at the bottom of Apple’s Downloads page — as you can see below — but again, it just redirects to the Mac OS X page, where a Messages beta cannot be found.

It’s likely that Apple is now happy with how beta testing has gone, and that it has already prepared a final release that will launch alongside Mountain Lion in July.

If you already have Messages install on your machine, it’s probably best to hold onto it for a few weeks.

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7 responses to “Apple Pulls Messages For Mac Beta Ahead Of Mountain Lion Launch Next Month”

  1. Teo Maragakis says:

    It still needs a lot of work, the UI is a bit annoying.

  2. JimFelden says:

    The direct link to the disk image on Apple’s servers still appears to work, so all hope’s not lost. Still a curious move though. http://appldnld.apple.com/MessagesBeta/041-4274.20120216.z5km/MessagesBeta.dmg

  3. Keith Watkins says:

    http://appldnld.apple.com/MessagesBeta/041-4274.20120216.z5km/MessagesBeta.dmg

    yeah i found that link here http://www.redmondpie.com/download-imessage-app-messages-beta-for-os-x/   if anybody wants it, email me if and when it disappears and ill try and get you a copy…. ill hold it for a little while…. my email is keith.watkins at mac dot com

  4. Will Abbey says:

    I still have it installed, but it no longer is working for me.

  5. cindella204 says:

    I downloaded it yesterday during WWDC…I’m pretty sure I’m with Will, I have it, but it’s not working anymore.

  6. Giacomo Castellucci says:

    in the picture it looks like apple changed the dock style. that’s different from lion. am i the only one who noticed that ?

  7. tinyvox says:

    Assuming this works, it will be huge for Apple’s free-SMS-to-iOS-only lock-in strategy.  Thanks for the observation!  http://tinyvox.com/6CQ

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