“Yesterday, the company released ‘Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3,’ which brought Apple’s bundled support for Java SE 6 in Snow Leopard up to version 1.6.0_22, and ‘Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 8,’ which similarly updated Leopard,” Dilger reports. “However, the company now notes that ‘as of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated. This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products.'”
Dilger reports, “Apple has also reorganized how Java runtime homes are installed on Mac OS X, apparently in an effort to facilitate third party releases of the Java virtual machine. This would enable Oracle (which recently acquired Sun) to release Java for the Mac itself, rather than waiting for Apple do maintain its own Java release for Mac users.”
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