Sun continues working on Java for Apple iPhone, iPod touch

“Sun continues to pursue talks with Apple Computer to have Java applications run on Apple’s iPhone while acknowledging a third party’s efforts toward the same goal,” Paul Krill reports for Digital Arts,” Krill reports.

“‘We’ve expressed our intent to do this and our desire, really, to work with Apple to build a JVM (Java Virtual Machine) for the iPhone and we’re sort of moving forward with that,’ said Eric Klein, Sun vice president of Java marketing, this week. The JVM could run Java applications,” Krill reports.

“Apple has not been publicly receptive to having Java on its popular new device. There have been questions about whether Apple’s iPhone SDK agreement would permit this. The JVM potentially could sidestep Apple’s App Store program for dispensing iPhone applications,” Krill reports. “Meanwhile, Sun also is working with Innaworks to bring Java applications to the iPhone.”

Krill reports, “Apple declined to provide a spokesperson to comment on the issue.”

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45 Comments

  1. Good news guys. The Java installation will be OPTIONAL. Just because it’s out there doesn’t mean you have to have it. (Unlike Pokemon.) ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Sun is so far behind in their development of an up-to-date JVM for the Mac OS X. Maybe if they were better with that, I could believe them when they’re talking about a JVM for the iPhone.

    In the meantime, ho hum, maybe they should concentrate their efforts on that Gphone that they’re helping with. How’s that working for you, Sun? I’m not holding my breath on that either.

  3. …. I don’t understand Mac People… you critizie Microsoft for its monopoly actions, but you encourage & praise Apple for doing the same thing. Its makes no sense. Apple asserts too much control over its products …AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN PURCHASED! What if Windows Mobile, Blackberry, & Palm required you to only by applications for your device through their stores! There would be a backlash … its makes business sense for Apple, but its sucks that the consumer won’t have the choice to add products such as java, flash, etc. to their device.
    I respect Apple for attempting to protect the user experience… but its sucks that they also limit a user’s choice with their devices!

  4. @Mac_ATTY

    “you criticize Microsoft for its monopoly actions, but you encourage & praise Apple for doing the same thing. Its makes no sense. Apple asserts too much control over its products …AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN PURCHASED!”

    The reason we give Apple the freedom to have control over our products even after we’ve bought them is because we know Apple makes terrific things for our products, they put alot of love and care into what they create and what they build that we dont mind if they have a ton of control. We trust them, and we know they can create beautiful software to justify its control.

    NO JAVA. Apple knows this. We dont even think about it, the answer is no.

  5. @Mac_ATTY “…. I don’t understand Mac People… you criticize Microsoft for its monopoly actions, but you encourage & praise Apple for doing the same thing.”

    We criticize Microsoft for it’s monopoly over the entire desktop operating system “industry” not for its monopoly control of its own products. There is a difference.

    “but its sucks that the consumer won’t have the choice to add products such as java, flash, etc. to their device. “

    Then don’t buy it and go use products by other companies that sacrifice user experience for choice, like Windows Mobile and Sybian.

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