Steve Jobs Comments on Apple's Java Announcements

Is a ‘Better’ Java Apple Port on the Horizon?

Jessica Thornsby

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 Jobs.

“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.

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