Apple updates Java to v1.4.1

Apple has updated its implementation of Java for Mac OS X, now available for download through the Software Update system preference.

"Apple has integrated Java really well into Mac OS X," said Apple Java product manager Allen Denison. "A lot of developers like the command line utilities that we offer in the Unix (news - web sites) implementation, but we also offer a GUI implementation so they can get a third-party tool like JBuilder and make their application look like a native Mac application. They can work in both worlds and feel comfortable."

Denison told MacCentral that with this update, users will gain access to Java applications that they could not run before now. That's because developers gain access to 60 percent more features than they had before, according to Denison. The previous release of Java sported 1800 classes, which the 1.4.1 release now has 2991 classes available.

More details about Java are available from Apple's Web site, as well. The update measures about 26.1MB.

Download: Java v1.4.1 for Mac OS X

News source: Yahoo! Technology MAC Section

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