Apple releases Java update for OS X 10.7 and above

17 October, 2012 - Paul Dixon
Software Update

Apple has released a Java update for Macs running OS X 10.7 and above, which promises improved security and reliability by updating the provided version of Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_37. The release also removes the Java preferences utility.

About Java for OS X 2012-006

This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_37 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.

This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

This update also removes the Java Preferences application, which is no longer required to configure applet settings.

Apple advises quitting browsers and Java applications before installing the update.

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Paul Dixon is the owner of Macsessed. He lives in Lancashire in the UK where he works as a web designer. You can find him on and Twitter.