Is a ‘Better’ Java Apple Port on the Horizon?
Steve Jobs responds to a developer’s concerned email over news that Apple are dropping Java.
Upon reading Apple’s announcement that they would be discontinuing their version of Java for the Mac
and the news that Java would be banned from the forthcoming Mac App Store, Scott
Fraser CTO, of Portico Systems felt compelled to email Steve
“I am a big Apple customer, as is my company. We love developing
and testing Java based software on OS X…..I am hoping you would
consider commenting either to me or via your PR channels what are
the future plans for the Java programming language and platform on
OS X?” he wrote.
Steve Jobs did reply, with a short note: “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,” he added, intriguingly: “this may not be the best
way to do it.” This could indicate that cries of ‘Java is dead on
the Mac’ might be premature. Are Apple planning their own ‘better
way’ of shipping Java? Or do Oracle already have a ‘better’
alternative in place? Crucially, Oracle have yet to comment on any
of Apple’s recent Java-related announcements.