Java 1.6 No Show For Leopard

Assumption was soon after installing the developer tools for Mac OS X 1.5 Leopard I’d have a brand new spanking copy of Java 1.6 on my MacBook Pro.

$ java -version
java version "1.5.0_13"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_13-b05-237)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_13-119, mixed mode, sharing)

OK, surely it’s just defaulting there. Nope, no 1.6 version. No problem it’s supposed to be on the Apple Developer web site. I’ll just have to download it. Turns out there’s no mention of 1.6 at all. There’s the 64 bit support for 1.5 on Leopard, but no mention of 1.6. And there’s plenty of historical references to the Apple Developer site having downloads of Java 1.6 in the past, they’ve just pulled them all off the web site.

OK, we’re still not using 1.5 at work yet, but it would be nice to run 1.6 at home.