Apple has joined Oracle's open Java development kit project, OpenJDK, to create an open source Java implementation for its operating system (OS), Mac OS X.
Java SE 7 and future versions of Java for Mac OS X will now be available from Oracle. As part of the deal, Apple will provide most of the key components for Java SE 7, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and foundation for a new graphical client.
"The best way for our users to always have the most up to date and secure version of Java will be to get it directly from Oracle," said Bertrand Serlet, Apple's senior vice-president of software engineering.
OpenJDK will also make Apple's Java technology available to open source developers.
"The availability of Java on Mac OS X plays a key role in the cross-platform promise of the Java platform," said Hasan Rizvi, Oracle's senior vice-president of development.
"The Java developer community can rest assured that the leading-edge Java environment will continue to be available on Mac OS X in the future. Combined with last month's announcement of IBM joining the OpenJDK, the project now has the backing of three of the biggest names in software," he added.
Apple confirmed Java SE 6 will continue to be available from Apple for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Mac OS X Lion.