Related link: http://connect.apple.com
In the past I hosted panel sessions on the state of Java on the Mac at MacWorld for years. When we got to the question and answer period, invariably someone would stand and ask the folks from Apple about Java 3D or JAI (Java Advanced Imaging). This was common at JavaOne BOFs and almost any event when the Apple Java Product manager or evangelist opened up the floor for questions. Soon, the presenters would precede Q&A by pre-emptively addressing the question. The answer was simple - “it is not a technical issue it is a licensing issue. We’re working on it.”
Without saying more than is allowable, ADC (Apple Developer Connection) members will find an interesting set of downloads posted at http://connect.apple.com . You can join at the free level and still take advantage of these new offerings. In addition to the two product downloads, make sure you also download and read the release notes. In the installation and configuration there is an explicit statement about an upcoming Java release.
Thank you Apple Java team for all of your hard work. I look forward to future releases.