Apple is reportedly trying to distance itself from Java after failing to ship the new MacBook Air without Flash support.
According to OS News, the company has hinted at the "deprecation" of Java in the release notes for the OS X 10.6 Update 3.
From the release notes, it seems like the company is planning to forego Java as a standard part of Mac OS X. Apple develops and maintains its own Java runtime.
"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," the company said.
According to Apple, the deprecation of Java means that “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,” Apple said.