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Steve Jobs on Apples’ Java Discontinuation “Oracle’s Release Schedules Are Always Different than Ours”

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has issued a comment on yesterday’s report that Apple intends discontinuing its support for Java on OS X. A Java developer from Portico Systems emailed Steve Jobs asking about Apple’s future plans for Java, Jobs’ answer suggests Apple will allow Sun itself to develop the Mac runtime for Java.

Sun (now Oracle) supplies Java for all other platforms. 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.

Oracle supplies Java for all other platforms except for the Mac. Due to differences in release schedules, Apple’s implementation of Java is always a version behind. Jobs stops short of saying that Oracle will be stepping up to fill the void, but suggests that would be a better solution.

Oracle has made no public announcements about their plans.


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