AIM iChat Officially Terminated on June 30th 2014

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The news came less fun specifically for users of OS X Lion version 10.7.1 down, as per June 30, 2014 Apple will discontinue support for iChat AIM login. As reported by ZDNet recently from Apple’s official support page.

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The latest changes will affect users who use Alama Mac.com and Me.com to get into the old system in iChat. While users are still compatible especially OS X Snow Leopard and OS X Lion can upgrade to OS X Mavericks pulled free without a fee. But for users who are still operating in OS X Leopard will be charged for the upgrade to Snow Leopard and then can upgrade to OS X Mavericks freely.

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iChat is the default messaging app since the release of Mac OS X 10.8 premiered in Mountain Lion. Cessation support for iChat is presumably an attempt to continue to push Apple OS X Mavericks adoption rate. So far Apple’s latest operating system holds a share of 51 % of all existing Mac devices, while the older version is only 19 %.

No wonder then if Apple decides so, for my friend who still want to enjoy iChat please do upgrade to a newer operating system. Besides of course OS X Mavericks relatively safer.