By James Denman
As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated. Developers should not rely on the Apple-supplied Java runtime being present in 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.”
Because Apple does not allow apps that are built on deprecated or third-party technologies (like Java or Flash) to be sold on the App Store web site - or on the upcoming Mac App Store - it seems likely that Mac users will have to find those apps through third-party sources as well. So Java won’t disappear from the Mac system completely, but it will be harder to find.