Apple Leave Java Out In The Cold

Apple Ban Java From Upcoming Mac App Store

Jessica Thornsby

The new developer agreement for apps submitted to the Mac App Store show Apple are banning Java from the store.

Not only has Apple decided to pull the plug on developing Java for OS X, but it has now emerged that Apple has banned Java from the forthcoming Mac App Store.

In the developer agreement for apps submitted to the Mac App Store, Apple state that “applications may only use public APIs and frameworks included in the default installation of Mac OS X or as bundled with Xcode as provided by Apple, deprecated technologies (such as Java) may not be used.” Tim Anderson predicts that, although it is unlikely Apple will attempt to regulate desktop OS X with the same vigour they show the iPad, Apple will strongly encourage their customers to only install apps from their own App Store. He has some cautionary words for the community: “Remember the early days of Java? One of the reasons it won support was that it reduced the industry’s dependence on a single vendor and its operating system. Plenty to think about as Apple increases its market share.”

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