Apple has released a batch of Java updates for its Mac OS X Lion and Snow Leopard users.

Java for Mac OS X 10.7 Update 1, released yesterday, updates the software to version 1.6.0_29, and offers Mac OS X Lion users improved reliability, security, and compatibility.

For Snow Leopard users running 10.6.8, Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6 is the update to turn to. It also updates Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29, and delivers similar improvements to that of the Lion version.

What those improvements actually bring in terms of security is still unknown; when the information is available, however, Apple will most likely post it to its security updates page.

You can download these updates via Software Update on your Mac and Apple's Support Downloads website.