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Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 and 10.5 Update 8 Release Notes: New and Noteworthy - http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#releasenotes/Java/Jav...
"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. This means that the 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." ‎- baton