Apple's reactions are a bad omen for the Java community


News: Apple's reactions are a bad omen for the Java community

  1. 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

    Threaded Messages (8)

  2. Does not compute[ Go to top ]

    I fail to see the logic behind this reasoning. iOS has never supported Java, and at this point, nobody expects that it ever will. These vulnerabilities would be a bad omen for *desktop* Java, if that hadn't been on life support for a decade or so already. And they have no impact on server-side Java, which is where all the relevant Java action is these days.

  3. +1[ Go to top ]

    +1 to enterprise Java

  4. You are absolutely right[ Go to top ]

    Apple and java were never tightly coupled. And Java does not loose anything. And as you said the power of Java is all in the server side. 

  5. much ado about nothing[ Go to top ]

    Talk about a bunch of nonsense. iOS doesn't support Java or .NET. It never did and never will.

  6. +1[ Go to top ]

    Java Enterprise

  7. sounds like FOX news item[ Go to top ]

    Create fear, illogical reasoning and making co-relations like if it rains in NY, it must be raining in CA.

    "100 millions iPADs is a drop in the sea of windows and linux based devices out there. And in terms of most selling devices - android ( linux and java based) is way ahead of any iCRAP."

    TSS is loosing it.


  8. sounds like FOX news item[ Go to top ]


  9. Thats completely wrong impression or what should I say?

    Just don't let the apple so called magic device sales figures per quarter or per year misguide you.

    These are "SALES" figure but not active device figures. Max sales are because of migrators so they aren't going to effect the eco-system as you forsee.

    On other hand Android(Java based OS) have over half billion active users.


    So, don't worry about employees entering devices with organisations.


    PS : Apples are for riches (except America) but Android ranges for every hand all over the world.