We all saw this coming. The rift between Apple and Adobe is one of the biggest in the tech community, and seems Apple has taken another step in furthering itself Adobe and Adobe’s Flash plug-in.
It was announced that the refreshed Macbook Airwill not be shipping with a pre-installed copy of Adobe Flash. Instead user s will have to manually download the latest Flash plug-in from Adobe’s site. Apple has cleared all signs of Adobe Flash from it latest set of newly shipping computers. There are no signs of the Adobe Flash in Apple’s automatic updater either. It is now 100% on the user to decide if he/she wants to install Flash. My guess is most users will continue to use and install Flash 0n their new Macbooks. It’s still a essential plug-in for viewing media on today’s web.
Apple’s reasoning behind the decision is: “The best way for users to always have the most up to date and secure version is to download it directly from Adobe.”
Apple spokesman Bill Evans has told Engadget that Apple is happy with continuing support for Adobe Flash, it will just clearly be up to the user to install and maintain any Flash plug-in.
It has been well documented that Apple is known for shipping outdated versions of Adobe Flash in previous Mac OS X updates. Apple has taken a lot of flack for that over the years,but now they have washed their hands clean of it altogether.
The latest Macbook Air that were unveiled yesterday will be the first set of Macs not to include Flash. But Apple has said that all future shipments of other Macs will also be Flash free.
Any new Mac owner can just visit Adobe.com to get all the essential Flash software needed to view the over 90% of web video currently available today.