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Apple posts Java for OS X 10.6 Update 12 (Java 6 Update 39):
(Update: On Feb. 19th, Apple posted Java 6 Update 41 for OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.)
"About Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12 (72.7MB) (69.4MB here)
Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 12 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_39.

On systems that have not already installed Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 9 or later, this update will configure web browsers to not automatically run Java applets. Java applets may be re-enabled by clicking the region labeled "Inactive plug-in" on a web page. If no applets have been run for an extended period of time, the Java web plug-in will deactivate.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See for more details about this update.
See for information about the security content of this update.
(Here's the specific doc on Security content of Java for OS X v10.6 Update 12)

SHA1: 0c790491ca22ee009086ee1ec1f1b358024dd83e

System Requirements: Mac OS X v10.6.8"

Oracle posts Java 7 Update 13 for OS X 10.7.3 and later:
(Update: On Feb 19th, Oracle posted Java 7 Update 15 at the links below. What follows is the original post from Feb. 1st but the linked pages as of Feb 19th have Java 7 Update 15 downloads.)
   I don't use/enable Java, but for those that need it, Oracle has posted Java 7 Update 13. Oracle's (dev) Java page has downloads of Java SE Runtime Environment 7 Update 13 and Java SDK 7 update 13 for OS X x64 (OS X 10.7.3 or later per their Certified System Configs) and other OS's (cookies required for accepting License Agreement). (For anyone that missed it in previous posts on Oracle Java updates, here's their Java for Macs FAQ.)

Related docs for Mac users at Oracle:

Oracle also posted Java 6 Update 39 today for Linux/Windows/Solaris, but there's no OS X download there. Apple distributed all Java 6 (and earlier) updates in the past.
(Update: See later post above for Apple's OS X 10.6 Java Update 12 (Java 6 Update 39))
   FYI: According to this page, "After February 2013, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 6 to its public download sites."

(BTW: I have always linked to Oracle's developer D/L pages, not which Apple now refers to for Mac Java 7 installers. If you missed it earlier, here's an article (windows user) about 3rd party software installers included with some DLs/Updates.)

I don't use Java but you can check Apple's OS X Forums for feedback (and sometimes tips). Some may post in yesterday's threads on disabled Java/XProtect plist mods, etc.

New/Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:

Other News/PR/Alerts/Op-Ed/OT:

Previous Day's News Summary:
    Thursday Jan. 31, 2013 News Archive
  • EU Mac Pro sales to stop March 1st
  • Matrox DS1 (Thunderbolt dock) review
  • Strange days before MW Expo bring back talk of Hackintosh
  • Apple Is Cheapest Growth Stock You Will Ever Own
  • Apple TV Said to Start Carrying HBO App Later This Year
  • Apple Xprotect update disables Java (again) and workarounds to restore it
  • New/Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - Bluetooth: Unreliable wireless performance when USB 3.0 devices are close
    - MacBook Pro: Distorted video or no video issues (8600M repair extension program)
  • Other News/Reviews/Alerts/Op-Ed/OT:
    - Synology DS213air review: Wireless doesn't add enough value
    - Firmware exploit gains control of 18 brands of security cameras
    - NailDisplay shows what's underneath your thumb on touchscreens
    - Peeling a City Apart to Show How Structures Survive Disasters
    - First 25G boards may ride Panasonic's Megtron-6
    - 6 Rock 'n Roll Urban Legends - Debunked
    - Yamaha YAS-101 Soundbar Review

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