updated 11:45 am EDT, Thu October 21, 2010
Tech on path to completely abandonment?
Some details on the future of Java on Macs has emerged in combination with the release of two Java updates, a tipster tells MacNN. "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," the company now remarks in the Mac OS X Reference Library. "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," Apple goes on to say.
The note may signify that Apple intends to abandon Java with Mac OS X Lion, at least in terms of making it a default component. Rules for the upcoming Mac App Store caution that software using optional or deprecated technologies will be rejected, which may force developers to sell Java-based apps outside the store after Lion's arrival. Until this week, Apple worked on creating its own Java runtimes.
Apple may be veering away from third-party plugins in general. The new MacBook Air, launched Wednesday, comes without Flash pre-installed.