Apple's announcement that they would be ceasing future development of their version of Java for the Mac understandably worried Java developers.
Apple has posted developer documentation (http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#releasenotes/Java/JavaSnowLeopar...) that said:
"As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated. Developers should not rely on the Apple-supplied Java runtime being present in 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...| Read more »