Want to get your hands on the new iMessage beta โ€” the iChat replacement that’s coming with OS X Mountain Lion this summer? If so, you can do so now, as Apple has posted a public beta download for all to enjoy.

iMessage was one of the prominent features of iOS 5, and it allows users to chat across multiple devices using the same interface that’s used for SMS messages.

The beauty about iMessage is that it’s basically just an IM client, which means you incur no SMS fees. Now with this latest update, you can start and/or finish conversations on your desktop or laptop…

Head over to Apple’s iMessage beta download page, and score an OS X copy for yourself. Note: Be sure you’re running the latest version of OS X. We knew iMessage on the Mac was inevitable, but we’re ecstatic that it’s finally arrived. Be sure to let us know what you think about it.

If you want more coverage on iMessage, check out our extensive iMessage archive.

Also, we are aware that some users are receiving the following error when trying to download iMessage: “Our apologies but there was an unexpected error with the application. This problem has been noted, and an email has been sent to the administrators. Please check back in a few hours to try the download again.”

It looks like Apple’s servers may be maxed out, as clearing the cache, and trying another browser doesn’t seem to be working for people. Just be patient if you encounter this error, it should be up soon enough.

  • Just me can’t download it or what? I can’t found download link, just ir says

    “Our apologies but there was an unexpected error with the application. This problem has been noted, and an email has been sent to the administrators. Please check back in a few hours to try the download again.”

  • I’ve been waiting for this! i think it will be a great way to copy URLs between iOS and OSX!

    • Alvin Mendez

      If you Add to Reading List, the URL will show up on your other Apple product

  • Oh!! Can anyone see the REMINDERS icon in the dock, and the more pastol coloured Mountain Lion background.. unusual for Apple to display things before release.

    • Mountain Lion is set for release in June, I guess they figured they’d give us a sneak peek! Woot!

  • Fernando T

    before the official release.. first Siri now iMessage on Macs… why the change all of a sudden?

  • Ok, just one minor complaint about the emoticons in the Messages app. The selectable list of smiley faces does not use Emoji characters. Might seem silly but I think that if you type ๐Ÿ™‚ you should get ๐Ÿ™‚ and if you select an emoji character, that should go through. Also, a little confused about why they didn’t choose the standard green message icon. Oh well, this is great. Just my 2 cents!

    • Its the first public beta man.
      secondly im getting emoticon, unsure if there emoji thou

      thirdly, green = carrier sms / blue = imessage?? why would there need to be a green msg colour?

  • It’s ok. It gets rid of the iChat icon down on my doc, and I couldn’t view my buddy list for a while. I had to check off “show status” in my menu bar and then right click on it and click “view buddy list” in order to see my buddy list again. Also I started a chat with a friend of mine, and it came through as my iMessage email name, but when I go to to look at my iPhone, the conversation isn’t there. So I don’t think it’s working as they say it’s supposed to.

    • Clark Wallace

      Shows up on my iPhone fine after having a conversation Mac > iPhone.

  • I have some problems when writing in arabic every word would show up in a new line in the iphone iMessage.
    there is also delay in syncing (sometimes) between the mac and the iphone’s iMessages.

  • Did it take FOREVER for anyone else to install?! Wow… maybe it’s just me but DAMN!

    • Never mind. I forgot I was actually upgrading to 10.7.3 before iMessage. DUH!

  • Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ Works Flawlessly.

    Hey apple I am keen to try out Airplay Mirroring if you want to release a better for that too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • has anyone else noticed that the msg delete themselves when you minimise the window or is it just me