Oracle's newly released Java SE 7 Update 4 is now available for Mac users, allowing them to receive Java security patches at the same time as Windows and Linux users. This means that should OS X users receive regular Java updates directly from the source, tits users could be better protected against malware attacks.
A recent incident that shattered the myth of Mac's invulnerability was the widespread attack of Flashback Trojan that infected over 600,000 Macs. The malware exploited a Java vulnerability, leaving Mac users exposed before Apple could release a fix.
Usually when Apple develops and launches a Java version for OS X, Mac users are often left waiting weeks and sometimes months - even after Oracle has pushed the updates for other platforms. Steve Jobs himself admitted that the situation needs improvement.
"Sun (now Oracle) supplies Java for all other platforms," Jobs reportedly said, in an email dated back to 2010. "They have their own release schedules, which are almost always different than ours, so the Java we ship is always a version behind. This may not be the best way to do it."
With the latest update, Oracle has made OS X (from Lion forward) a fully supported platform for Java development.
Source: ArsTechnica (opens in new tab)