Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has established a pretty strong reputation for its operating system being immune from any malware attacks. In fact, it was a selling point in one of those famous “I’m an Mac, I’m a PC” commercials a few years ago. however, recently Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was attacked by malware and there had been some vulnerabilities exposed through Mac-compatible browsers in recent months.
Apparently, though, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) engineers had figures out the opening and is moving to eliminate the vulnerability. and that means no more cups of Java. Java, not coffee.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has issued an update to its Mac OS X operating system recently that removes the Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) Java plug-in from all Mac-compatible browsers that are installed on current systems. This update, says Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) removes previous versions of Java by Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) from all Web browsers that are installed on customers’ systems – it does not add any new browsers that are Java-free.
Java was included in all previous OS X installations, but this new move was announced on the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) support site, and the post went on to direct customers to get Java directly from Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL). However, as Web languages and browsers have evolved, many people may not notice a difference if Java is removed; though there may be some limited needs for the programming language.
This move coincides with an agreement made between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) to years ago that stated that Apple Inc. (AAPL) would eventually move away from Java and no longer supply it with its Mac-compatible browsers – though no date for the transition was mentioned at the time. Java has been the entry point for several cyberattacks in recent years, and security experts have said that many browsers will likely be more secure without Java.
Seeing improved security on Apple systems can certainly be helpful for current users, and might be a selling point going forward for Apple Mac devices, which may help sales and thus investors – like billionaire fund manager Dan Loeb of Third Point.