ichat_logo Apple has announced in a recent support note (via ZDNet) that it will end AIM iChat login support for users running versions of OS X below 10.7.2 Lion on June 30, 2014.

The change will affect those who use their mac.com and me.com addresses as AIM IDs to log into iChat on older systems, as users running compatible versions of OS X Snow Leopard and OS X Lion can upgrade to OS X Mavericks for free.

Meanwhile, users running OS X Leopard are directed to purchase and upgrade to Snow Leopard and then install OS X Mavericks for free. If a user cannot upgrade to a newer version of OS X, then the creation of a new AIM ID on AOL's website will be required along with the need to repopulate a new contacts list.

iChat was discontinued in favor of Messages, which has been the default instant messaging application on the Mac since its first appearance in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. According to the latest data from Net Applications, Apple’s newest operating system, OS X Mavericks, holds a 51% share on all Macs, while the share of systems running older versions of OS X affected by this latest change is 19%.

Top Rated Comments

Davmeister Avatar
106 months ago
Time to update you OS you old-timers, don't be lazy ;)

Hmm I seriously doubt thats the reason the majority of them haven't upgraded!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bushido Avatar
106 months ago
Time to update you OS you old-timers, don't be lazy ;)

i am sure the people who still use AIM in 2014 dont care about what OS they r running :D
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tevion5 Avatar
106 months ago
The PowerPC club won't be happy!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keterboy Avatar
106 months ago
Time to update you OS you old-timers, don't be lazy ;)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MasterHowl Avatar
106 months ago
I wish they would bring back support for screen sharing via Messages (like they had in iChat), and the ability to screen share specific files such a Keynotes.

I also wish FaceTime was integrated into Messages. It's really annoying having to launch a separate app if I want to FaceTime Audio someone or something.

Saying that, I'm glad they've kept the "soap bubble" chat boxes in Messages. I still can't stand the iOS 7 flat-style message bubbles, and unfortunately I think they'll introduce them in the OS X version with 10.10...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arkmannj Avatar
106 months ago
If folks are on Snow Leopard it's probably because they care about features of the OS that have been lost like Rosetta, and Spaces. If those two features where in 10.9 almost all of the snow leopard users would be upgraded that I know of. (Server users lost even more tools and features I'm versions after snow leopard too)

heck I just bought another copy of snow leopard server a couple weeks ago directly from Apple to put in a VM for this very reason.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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