After Beta, Messages Will Be Exclusive to OS X Mountain Lion

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Consomac has discovered that the OS X Lion Messages Beta that was released yesterday will not be a permanent feature for Lion users. Messages is the new iMessage-compatible version of iChat that will be included in OS X Mountain Lion. Apple also released a public beta version for OS X Lion users to try the app in the meanwhile.

    Based on the text strings found in the App's resources, it has been revealed that Messages will no longer be available for Lion users once the beta expires. Instead, Apple tells users to visit the App Store to purchase OS X Mountain Lion to continue to use Messages:
    OS X Mountain Lion will be a paid update and is expected to be released in late summer.

    Article Link: After Beta, Messages Will Be Exclusive to OS X Mountain Lion
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Unfortunate, but not unexpected. Google Voice it is!
  3. alex00100, Feb 17, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012

    alex00100 macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2011
    Moscow, Russia
    but c'mon who isnt going to upgrade? ;) (if you dont have an integrated video a few years old...)
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Clever marketing. Get people using the beta, get people to upgrade to ML. Though I also suspect the folks who are reading this and downloading a beta would be upgrading to ML anyway...
  5. m2uk macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2004
    A stupid, artificial bad move from Apple. Or at least make iChat able to send the iMessages, even if you cannot use whatever the latest whizzy feature is.
  6. CplBadboy macrumors 6502

    Damn you Apple. I love your products but unbelievable greed excretes form every pore of you. If it isn't bad enough that my 2007 blackbook won't run Mountain Lion you now are denying your faithful customers useful features. Listen i can't afford a nice shiny new Mac to have this feature, so how about you cut the little guy some slack and make this available to all. :mad:
  7. Calidude macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    This is only surprising to Apple loyalists who think Apple makes the grass grow.
  8. Aniday macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2009
    Kinda sucks considering they replaced iChat. Will they have to push an update to Lion users to rip them off of an update? wtf
  9. Bodypainter macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    This Is The side about Apple that i don't like at all. They are artificially limiting The User and know that this Is how they can Pressure him to Upgrade. it's incredible that such behaviour would lead to People hating Microsoft if they die that, but Apple Fans so Not speak up against it and 'swallow' this unfaithful Trick against Apples own customers.
  10. igazza macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    Should we expect ML to be the same price as lion ?
  11. Aniday macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2009
    They're encouraging piracy with this, really. No computer savvy person would put up with this enough to pay over 15 bucks for this update.
  12. String macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Some people who can use Lion but can't go up to ML, gma users, might be annoyed.
  13. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    I was thinking after beta, Messages will be $0.99 for Lion users, and included with Mountain Lion. This is what they did with FaceTime.
  14. Macintosheux macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
    Lyon, France
    There is an other message in the source code giving you the option to reinstall iChat. ;)
  15. jwm2 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2012
    We don't know all the details yet. I mean a string buried in the beta version doesn't mean its a done deal. I'll reserve judgement until we know for sure.
  16. Skoopman macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2011
    I don't know what you expected, your Macbook is 5 freaking years old, of course it can't get every shiny new OS, jeez. You can still use Snow Leopard or Lion on it, so what is the problem? I nevery understand why people are so obsessed with getting the newest software, but don't want to pay for it or upgrade their hardware. Maybe Apple knows, that Messages can't be integrated without problems in Lion, that's why it will be ML exclusive.
  17. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Not the smartest move. The "closed garden" approach may work for a lot of things, but not for messaging where you want to be able to message all your friends/family/colleagues, not just those who are Mac users who have upgraded to Mountain Lion.
  18. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
  19. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  20. lamboman macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    What do you expect? It was a feature marketed with Mountain Lion, if it was to be released for older operating systems, Apple would have done so through the App Store, or at least made it clear that this would be the case.
  21. Slogan macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/9A405)

    To be honest, this isn't that surprising. Personally there's no real compelling reason to upgrade to ML (yet), so they have to have 'something', right?.
  22. djrod macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2008
    Madrid - Spain
    Not fair Apple, not fair.


    That, I can understand
  23. jehrler macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2003
    I agree this is a pretty classless move if, in fact, they keep those of us with Core 2 Duo machines with integrated graphics locked out of ML.

    Obviously it can work see the public beta and, just as obviously, this is not a graphics intensive app. Heck, they have a version of Messages that runs on an iPhone!

    I really, really hope they rethink this and at least offer it as a .99 app on the App Store.
  24. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    This looks like a cheap way to get people to buy ML. I wish they waited and released some real must have features, not a load of iOS baubles.
  25. wordoflife, Feb 17, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012

    wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Just uninstalled the beta from my Mac. Didn't like it to begin with, but no point keeping it as it'll expire.

    If ML is going to cost money (which it seems that it will) I certainly will be sticking to Lion. There's not a single feature that I like of ML.

    Wish they put out a real OS update. Nothing big since 10.5 IMO.

    10.5 - revolutionary
    10.6 - fix 10.5 issues
    10.7 - OK, but no "wow" factor. Launchpad as another way to access apps? Well .. okay.
    10.8 - 10 new changes to Lion (so far?) Not going to pay $30 for that.

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