November 18, 2012
Apple Ending Messages Beta For OS X Lion, Prepping Latest Mountain Lion Upgrade
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
OS X Lion users who have been using that platform's beta version of Messages for Mac have been notified by Apple that the preview program will end in less than a month, various media outlets have reported.
According to Andrew Kunesh of Macgasm, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant sent out emails on Friday informing users that the Messages beta for Lion -- which was available for download until the public release of OS X Mountain Lion in July -- would come to a close on Friday, December 14.
Engadget's Mark Hearn explains that the email "advises that in order to continue using Messages, you'll need to upgrade to Mountain Lion. While it's saddening to have pay for an app that you're accustomed to having for free, keep in mind that this was only a preview."
Furthermore, Slashgear writer Eric Abent points out that the Mountain Lion upgrade, "which currently is at version 10.8.2, is available on the Mac App Store for $20. That´s not too bad a price for an OS upgrade, so it isn´t much of a surprise that we saw so many Mac users take advantage of it back when it launched back in July."
While many users will undoubtedly be disappointed to lose access to the preview version of the program, Abent added that there is "a lot of value in the new version of Mac OS X, especially for just $20," and as such, "it might not be a bad idea to upgrade anyway."
In related news, Mikey Campbell of Apple Insider reported on Friday that Apple was preparing to release the beta version of their news Mountain Lion upgrade, OS X 10.8.3, "during the week of November 26th."
Citing sources "familiar with the upcoming beta," Campbell said that an email making the announcement had been sent to members of AppleSeed, a group of developers tapped to beta test the new operating system update.
The most recent upgrade was released in September and included total integration with Facebook and numerous other features, he said. AppleSeed members began receiving messages as early as October 31, notifying them that the 10.8.3 upgrade was "nearing completion," Campbell added.