Sun vows to put Java on Apple iPhone, iPod touch

“Sun Microsystems is developing a Java Virtual Machine for Apple’s iPhone and plans to release the JVM some time after June, enabling Java applications to run on the popular mobile device,” Paul Krill reports for InfoWorld.

“The JVM is to be based on the Java Micro Edition (ME) version of Java, said Eric Klein, vice president of Java marketing at Sun, on Friday afternoon. Apple had not shown interest in enabling Java to run on the iPhone, but Sun plans to step in and do the job itself after having pondered Thursday’s release of an SDK for the iPhone by Apple,” Krill reports.

“‘Now, the iPhone is open’ as a target platform, Klein said. The free JVM would be made available via Apple’s AppStore marketplace for third-party applications,” Krill reports. “‘We’re going to make sure that the JVM offers the Java applications as much access to the native functionality of the iPhone as possible,’ he said.”

“Besides Java games, developers could bring over enterprise applications such as ERP or CRM to the iPhone, said Klein. Apple’s iTouch, which features iPhone capabilities minus telephony, also will be supported by the JVM,” Krill reports.

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MacVicta” for the heads up.]


  1. Ahhh … but ya’all don geet it!

    Jaba Crypt will make yur iPhone snappier!

    As we all know the future is in the clouds… and clouds are made of …

    Wait for it….

    As Tommy Boy said…

    Vapour! (Oz & Brit spelling)

  2. I see this as a good thing. Offering it as an optional install, via iTunes, seems to be the best way to make everyone happy too. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Personally, I’d like to see Java on the iPhone, if it means that I can play online casual games from sources such as Yahoo, and Pogo. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Considering Apple will only allow one “application” to work at once, how does Sun plan on running additional applications? Yes, I understand that the Java environment was meant to run applications, but this simply will not work on the iPhone.

    Now, if Sun is talking about a plugin for Mobile Safari (SafariTouch), then this is different.

  4. Zune Tang, I can’t believe you forgot OneNote Mobile.

    And Internet Explorer Mobile Edition works just as well currently on the iPhone as it does on a WIndows Mobile Device, you just have to follow these installation instructions:

    Pry your iPhone open with a knife or useless Windows Vista DVD or CD , depending on which version you bought.

    Go here <a > and print the webpage.

    Then with a pair of sharp scissors cut out the Internet Explorer Mobile Edition Logo

    Cut out the description of Internet Explorer Mobile

    Then, once you’ve wedged open the edge of your iPhone enough, you slide the description inside the iPhone and close it back up.(You can fold it up if you need to, it won’t affect the use-ability anyway, it may even improve it actually)

    Then, with some invisible-type scotch tape, secure the logo you previously cut out in an available space on your iPhone screen.

    Power-up your iPhone and voila! You’re done!

    Click repeatedly on the logo you taped on and you will find the user-experience of Internet Explorer Mobile on iPhone will be by far the best WIndows Mobile Internet Explorer you’ve ever had. and it also will be the closest that application will ever get to an install on an iPhone. Enjoy!


  5. @ makemineamac
    That was freakin awesome ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    @Zune Tang.
    Don’t you feel a little inadequate mate?

    After all:
    Leopard > Vista
    iPod > Zune
    iPhone OS > Windows Mobile
    Apple (Think Different ®) > Microsoft (Your Frustration, Our Fault ™)
    Case closed!!!

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