I'm not trying to sensationalize this one, but speaking as the devil's advocate, it's not looking so good for Team Java right now. Last week some serious security risks came to light, prompting some software security experts to suggest sandboxing the JVM to fight cybercrime. Apple reacted to the security concerns by taking another step away from Java. This is by no means a deathblow to Java, but if enterprises lean on consumerization trends, losing Apple could be a big deal.
Apple sold 40 million iPads in 2011 and they're projected to sell 73 million units in 2012, according to Gartner research. This probably won't affect too many enterprises directly, but the chances that any given enterprise employee is primarily using Apple hardware at home is increasing.
At the same time, consumer hardware is wheedling its way into the enterprise. While some high-security organizations are still keeping them out, bring your own device (BYOD) policies are more and more common. Some say consumerization of the workplace is changing the face of IT.
If that change means that the mainstream enterprise workforce starts relying on iPads, and if Apple does completely separate itself from Java, what does that mean for the Java platform and the Java community? There are still a lot of ifs, so I don't think it's time to get out the sackcloth just yet, but it's not looking like a tickertape parade, either.
What are your thoughts? Let me know here and on Twitter @TTJDenman.
Edited by: Cameron McKenzie on Sep 7, 2012 4:03 PM