Apple Begins Forcibly Disabling Messages Beta in OS X Lion

Posted in Apple News, Apps, Mac on 13/06/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler


Following recent reports that Apple pulled the Messages for Mac beta from their website ahead of next month’s Mountain Lion launch, it now appears that Apple has gone even further, and (as we suggested) is now forcibly disabling the Messages beta, leaving users entirely unable to use the service.

After being tipped off by MacTrast reader Richard Dominguez, I looked into the matter, and was able to replicate the issue – but only one one of my two Macs, both of which are running the latest release of Lion and the Messages for Mac beta.

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).

The additional shots below show the application window itself, with the image on the left depicting the disabled Messages app, and the image on the right depicting a fully functional Messages app (with my personal contacts blurred out). Click the images to expand.

It’s unclear why Apple is disabling this for some Macs/users and not others. Perhaps they are disabling it over time, or some Macs just haven’t “refreshed” yet. While the exact reasoning is unclear, those of you that are using the Messages beta would be advised to revert back to iChat.

Messages for Mac can be reverted back to iChat by opening the app, tapping “Messages” in the menu bar, the tapping “Uninstall Messages Beta…”

  • Mr 19

    Douche move Apple, could you really not wait for Mountain Lion to be released first? 

  • Miguel997

    mine works fine!

  • Guest

    mine is working – but this is typical Apple isn’t it – pull the rug from under you without a landing pad (next version of OSX) in place.

  • Jonathan Jacobs

    worked fine for me this afternoon

  • Andrew

    This happened to me many times before today, I’ve had to reinstall Messages about 4 times.  I think its just a bug in the Beta release.  There are a couple references to it on the Support Communities.

  • Appleuser

    Shameful, Apple giveth, Apple taketh away because if you don’t have much more to show in your new OS X 10.8….. So it’s not like FaceTime beta which was even later made available in AppStore for $0.99. By the way I would prefer that they put some stuff as an app in the AppStore. If you would want everything you could buy the whole package for $20 (with exclusive cosmetic changes like ‘save as’ keyboard shortcut etc.) but if you want for example Reminders, iMessagess, Notifications, AirPlay or maybe Dictation (!) just buy the chosen app for $0.99, $1.99 or $2.99.

  • imthedude

    It was crappy anyway. They never solved the numerous issues it has. I hope these have been cleared up in the versions of ML. (Issues like messages being sent, saying undelivered, bouncing back and forth on the status, etc)


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.