Oracle and Apple Announce OpenJDK Project for Mac

Apple Open Source Java Implementation

Jessica Thornsby

Apple contribute to OpenJDK project!

Apple will be contributing most of the key components, tools and
technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, as
part of an OpenJDK project for Mac OS X. The contribution
will include class libraries, a networking stack, a 32-bit and
64-bit HotSpot-based JVM and the foundation for a new graphical
client. Even better, the technology will be available to open
source developers, allowing them to access and contribute to the

“We are excited to welcome Apple as a significant contributor in
the growing OpenJDK community,” said Hasan Rizvi, Oracle’s senior
vice president of Development. “The availability of Java on Mac OS
X plays a key role in the cross-platform promise of the Java
platform. The Java developer community can rest assured that the
leading edge Java environment will continue to be available on Mac
OS X in the future.”

In addition, Apple confirmed that Java SE 6 will still be
available from Apple for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and the upcoming
release of Mac OS X Lion. Java SE 7 and future versions of Java for
Mac OS X will be available from Oracle.

Henrik Ståhl has posted a statement on this announcement, revealing that
the discussions between Apple and Oracle have been “going on for
some time” following the news that Apple would deprecate Java on
the Mac. However, “due to the nature of these things” Oracle were
not able to keep the community updated on the discussions. He does
not name a date for when JDK 7 will be available for OSX, although
he expects Oracle will release on current supported platforms first
and OSX later.

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