An anonymous reader writes: Apple have announced that they will depreciate Java support on OS X and will no longer provide support for it in future releases of OS X.
"As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple, and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated.
This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products."
They have also banned Java applications for the Mac App Store.
"3.3.1 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."
It is not yet clear if Oracle will step up to take over from Apple but it must be frustrating for all the java developers that have supported OS X over the years by developing cross platform applications for it.