Call them what you want, but you can’t call Sun Microsystems a bunch of quitters. They are a persistent lot. Even after Apple’s announcement that they don’t want Java on the iPhone, Sun is pushing to get Apple to agree to letting the iPhone play nice with a Java JVM (Java Virtual Machine).
“We’ve expressed our intent to do this and our desire, really, to work with Apple to build a JVM (Java Virtual Machine) for the iPhone and we’re sort of moving forward with that,” said Eric Klein, Sun vice president of Java marketing. The JVM would allow the iPhone to run Java applications, but could also be used to circumvent Apple’s AppStore application distribution platform, cutting them out of the revenue channel – obviously not something that Apple wants.
For what it’s worth, there will most likely be a flood of third-party applications developed using the iPhone SDK once Apples goes live with the AppStore. And, with Innaworks’ alcheMo application allowing Java developers to port their Java applications to the iPhone (converting Java apps into iPhone native apps), there’s likely to be little benefit to having Java on the iPhone – there are probably some out there that would even go as far as to say that Java on the iPhone would be detrimental. Still, there’s nothing like having the freedom to choose what you want to do with your own device. So, in the name of “freedom,” let’s hope Sun gets the go ahead from Apple.