If you’re the owner of an iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably noticed by now that java isn’t used on Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. While this may not be a big deal to some individuals, others will find it quite a nuisance. In the past, Apple has come out adamantly rejected Oracle’s plan to use Java on their iOS operating system. However, this may soon change as Oracle is planning to continue forward in their efforts of using Java on iOS.
The upcoming JavaOne is a technical press conference in which Oracle is said to make two major announcements – their intentions on releasing Java for iOS and their rich JavaFX client platform. JavaOne is an annual conference which takes place in San Fransisco during the last week of September this year. If you’re interested in attending the conference, you can purchase early bird specials for tickets before September 28th. Be warned, though, tickets are quite pricey to attend this industry event.
In addition to using Java on iOS, Oracle will also be discussing JavaFX. The first version of JavaFX, released last month, is a platform which focuses on delivering rich internet content across a variety of connected devices. One of the advantages of using the JavaFX is the ease of installation thanks to the “drag to install” feature”.
Java on iOS
To this date, Apple has never accepted the idea of using Java on their iOS mobile operating system. For whatever the reason, they decided to leave it out of the iOS platform. Although, it looks like all that is about to change as Oracle is planning to discuss the technical issues associated with using Java on iOS at JavaOne. They have several presentations and speeches lined up which will focus on this topic.
As the user base for iOS increases, Oracle sees the demand and need for having Java on Apple’s mobile operating system. Without it, users are simply limited as to what they can do and perform with their devices.
Will We See Java on iOS?
This a question that only time can answer, but I personally think there’s a pretty good chance it will happen. We probably wont see Java used on iOS this year, but next year is certainly a likely outcome. So if you own an iPad or iPhone, don’t go selling it on eBay or Craigslist just yet, as Java is likely to be headed your way in the next year or so.