updated 09:30 am EDT, Fri October 22, 2010
No hints on future Java support
Apple's decision to deprecate its Java runtime was based on scheduling problems, an e-mail from Steve Jobs to a developer reveals. "Sun (now Oracle) supplies Java for all other platforms," the CEO writes. "They have their own release schedules, which are almost always different than ours, so the Java we ship is always a version behind. This may not be the best way to do it."
Earlier notes from the company suggest that it may drop a self-maintained runtime entirely for Mac OS X Lion, due next summer. Leopard and Snow Leopard will continue to be updated for some time afterward. In the short term the deprecation may have the most impact on the Mac App Store, preventing developers from selling titles based on Java.