Problems with Oracle's Java 7 runtime may require OS X users to switch back to Java 6, but currently there is no direct means of doing so.
Apple is progressively moving away from supporting its in-house developed Java runtime for OS X.
While the Preferences utility is missing, this may be a simple oversight on Apple's part.
Java used to be deeply embedded in OS X, but in recent versions of the OS it's an optional install. Here is how to check to see if it is installed, and how to disable or remove it.
We answer reader questions about odd apsd-related firewall errors, dead MacBook batteries, and Java Runtimes.
Apple has updated its Web plug-in blacklist to include all but the most recent versions of Java.
Oracle's newly released Java 7 runtime is relatively painless to install and uninstall.
Disabling Java in OS X requires doing so for each user account; however, even terminal commands for doing this may be a bit impractical to use as a substitute.
New versions of Apple's supported Java SE 6 runtime have been made available.
We answer Mac-related questions about Java and Flashback vulnerabilities, and more.