9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 25, 2013 2:32 PM by Showdoctor
carvermon Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

I already have Java 7 Update 15 - why is there an update for Java 6? Do I need this Apple update? This is getting very confusing.

 

Thanks for any input...


iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)

    If you are talking about the Java update published yesterday, no, you don't need it.

    I understand it was meant only for Snow Leopard.    But I agree, it gets more confusing by the day.

     

    Message was edited by: seventy one

  • carvermon Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thank you. I thought that Apple sent update notices based on my current OS, apps, etc., but perhaps not. The update notice did not specify OS (which it should have if it is OS specific), and it certainly does not help that Apple seems to use "names" for the Java versions that are different from Oracle's.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)

    Usually, if you go to Apple Support > downloads, you can confirm any information you have picked up on, as you can run through whatever is currently offered for all OS's, not just your own.

     

    Thank you for the star, glad I could help.

     

    Just found another one for Lion and above.   About Java for OS X 2013-001 

    I Hope I haven't misadvised you.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)

    Please see update.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (150,440 points)

    There are now two Java runtimes: Oracle's and Apple's. They do different things. Oracle's runtime is a web plugin. It handles Java content on web pages. Apple's runtime is a set of OS X frameworks. It handles standalone Java applications. Eventually Apple's runtime will disappear, and developers who want to build Java applications will have to embed yet another runtime from Oracle.

  • carvermon Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    That update is the one I was referring to (in my subject line/headline). So, still not sure if I should apply the update, or if I even have Java 6 - do you know how to determine that? Spotlight only shows a "Java Visual VM", and the Java control panel shows only Java 7.

  • carvermon Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thank you Linc. I still remain uncertain as to if I have (or need) Java 6 (is that the Apple version to which you refer?) or if I should apply the update.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (150,440 points)

    Java 6 is the Apple version. If you've already installed it, you should apply the update. Otherwise don't.

  • Showdoctor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Like carvermon, I thought that Apple sent update notices based on my current OS, apps, etc. A few days ago I downloaded this java update as well as the recent firmware update (SMC Firmware Update 1.7). I don't know whether it was the Java update or the firmware update, but my less-than-year-old Pro has been acting really strange ever since. The computer locks up regularly. Three times it's asked whther I want the HD or Recovery when turning on the machine. The Skydrive folder isn't updating properly.

     

    Anyone else having similar issues?