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Apple pulls links to Messages beta for OS X Lion

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Tue June 12, 2012

Company preps for Mountain Lion in July

Apple has removed virtually all links and references to the Messages for Mac beta from its website, reports note. One link is still present at the bottom of Apple's Downloads page, but even this redirects to Apple's generic OS X page. The only way a person can still download the beta is through a direct URL; the file is 63.8MB.

The move may hint that Apple is satisfied with the results of beta testing to this point and sees no reason to continue taking in more users. There is also just a month or so left until the launch of Mountain Lion, the only version of OS X for which the finished release of Messages will be available. There may be little time left for more testing, and in any case Apple likely wants to avoid keeping one of Mountain Lion's selling points available to non-upgrading customers. It's believed that the beta will in fact stop working after Mountain Lion's launch.

by MacNN Staff



  1. herbert68

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I ditched Messages

    In a timely coincidence I just ditched Messages yesterday, it was too buggy and kept freezing and crashing too often, and reverted back to iChat. I'm currently beta testing Mountain Lion and Messages works better there, so maybe it's a Lion thing, not sure.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They want to make sure people don't download it and use if for like 4 days before it expires.

    And its just a mountain lion thing, so there's no need to keep it (since if you're stuck already in lion, there won't be much reason not to upgrade to mountain lion - the intelligent ones still using snow leopard? Well, who cares about those people.)

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