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Apple adds Java SE 6 to Mac OS X Leopard

updated 08:45 pm EDT, Tue April 29, 2008

Leopard gets Java SE 6

Apple has released Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 1 for 64-bit Intel Macs, finally enabling Java 1.6 on the newest Mac OS X Leopard release. The update adds support for Java SE 6, specifically version 1.6.0_05, although v1.6.0_06 is the latest release. Apple says that the release "does not change the default version of Java" and is only for Mac OS X v10.5.2 and later; it should not be installed on earlier versions of Mac OS X: "This release is for 64-bit Intel-based Macs only and cannot run on PowerPC-based or 32-bit Intel-based Macs," Apple wrote in its documentation. The 58MB update is available via the Mac OS X Software Update. Apple notes that the release, first seeded to developers in early March, provides several additional features including support for AppleScript as a javax.script language, new API for altering the application Dock icon, and native support for document modal sheets.

Java SE 6 support was added to Mac OS X Tiger last December.

by MacNN Staff



  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    silly cats

    Is it just me or is it really hard to remember which cat is 10.4 and which is 10.5?

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    why not ppc...

    ... or is this why they 'retired" ("obsoleted"?) a whole raft of ppc models just last week...

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    SE 6 on Tiger?

    You say: * Java SE 6 support was added to Mac OS X Tiger last Decemberbut the link you point to says: * The update is said to improve "reliability and compatibility" for Java SE 5.0 and Java 1.4;As far as I know there is no SE 6 for Tiger (10.4)

  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969


    64-bit only

    My first rev. MacBook Pro weeps, because it was left out of the party. Core Duo, but not Core 2 Duo, bummer.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    core duo

    Core Duo Macs are not that old and really shouldn't already be excluded from software updates...

  1. makesense

    Joined: Dec 1969



    as far as I know, only a few sites I visit rely on I missing something? What does SE6 support mean?

  1. factorguy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If you are a Java developer (as I am), this is a welcome update. Finally Java 6 comes to Mac OS X (even if it is .01 behind the general Sun JRE releases). Java SE6 support means that all of the neat stuff Sun has in Java 6 will finally be available on the Mac. As a user, it probably means little right now. As a developer, it means Windows, Linux and Mac OS X now have Java 6 support, so it is finally OK to start building apps reliant on Java 6 for multi platform roll out.

  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    isn't java irrelevant now

    I told Software Update to ignore this update. Java? Seriously, in 2008, on a client machine, who really cares? I'm tired of having to download a sixty meg update to three machines every two weeks as a new version of the Java monolith is released. And when you install Mac OS X fresh, you have to download each Java update in turn. Crazy.

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