Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Oct 2010 09:13 UTC
Mac OS X After the news that the new MacBook Airs do not ship with Flash pre-installed (which is news considering Flash has been part of Mac OS X for a very long time), we now have news that Apple is also taking what appears to be the first steps towards removing Apple's own Java runtime from Mac OS X.
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Choice of consumers
by jack_perry on Thu 21st Oct 2010 16:28 UTC
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If Apple really does remove Java and work to exclude it, it suggests that they're making a conscious choice to focus on consumers of "consumer electronics devices", and not on traditional consumers of computers. Since iPhone & iPod users are the ones who have recently made Apple rich (or richer than they already were), this can be viewed as almost rational on their part.

But only "almost". Many users of Apple computers do in fact use Java applications (Jmol, jEdit come to mind) and a substantial proportion of Apple's computer base consists of people who don't buy their computers merely to interface to iPod, iPhone, etc.

That segment isn't a trivial proportion of the market, and Apple knows it, so I doubt very seriously that they will try to make the App Store the one-and-only stop shop for your application needs unless they have plans to relegate themselves to irrelevance on the desktop (which, who knows, they may). I would not be too surprised, on the other hand, if they work some sort of non-App Store software clause into their warranty.

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