Java SE Runtime Environment 7 enables support for running Java-powered applets and applications. This release includes fully supported JRE for Mac OS X 10.7.3 (Lion) and above. You can download the Mac OS X JDK and JRE from Java SE Downloads page.
If you are running a release of Mac OS X that includes Apple Java 6, for example 10.7.3, 10.7.4, 10.8.0, there is an important difference about the installation of Oracle Java (both JRE and JDK) that you should be aware of.
The Applications -> Utilities -> Java Preferences application is part of Apple's implementation of Java. Once Apple no longer distributes Java
New Features and Changes
- New Command-line option to Identify Use of Deprecated Mechanisms - The endorsed-standards override mechanism and the extension mechanism are deprecated in JDK 8u40 and may be removed in a future release. There are no runtime changes. Existing applications using the 'endorsed-standards override' or 'extension'
- OS X 10.7.3 or later