What you need to know
- Apple has released a new update for Safari Technology Preview.
- In the latest release, Adobe Flash will no longer be supported.
- It marks the final death of Adobe Flash, some 10 years after Apple first made the decision not to pre-install it on the Mac.
Adobe Flash is no longer supported in the latest release of Safari Technology Preview, marking its final death on the platform.
Waaaay back in 2010, Apple made the decision not to pre-load Adobe Flash player onto the Mac. It has never truly embraced Flash for macOS, even after installing it, Flash remained off by default and Safari required explicit approval for each website before running the Flash Plugin. iPhone, iPad, and iPod have never supported Flash.
Back in 2017, Adobe announced that it would end-of-life Flash by the end of 2020 and that it would encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to new open formats in the meantime.
Now, as reported by ZDNet, the latest release of Safari Technology Preview has pulled the plug on Flash once and for all. Safari Technology Preview was introduced in 2016 and lets users get an early look at upcoming web technologies for macOS and iOS, a lot like a beta program. According to the release notes of Preview 99:
Removed support for Adobe Flash
The rest of the update is just bug fixes and performance enhancement.
There can be no doubt that the decision of Apple and Steve Jobs in 2010 to move away from Flash towards HTML 5 was a massive turning point in Adobe Flash's fortunes. Had Apple chosen to include Flash on its iOS devices, or even perhaps be more open to the prospect of it on macOS, things might have turned out differently. In April 2010, Steve Jobs issued a letter titled Thoughts on Flash in which he explained Apple's decision not to do this. Basically, he thought it was rubbish across the board. He highlighted; the closed nature of the system, which clashed with Apple's vision of open standards for the web, the fact that nearly all the content that needed Flash was also available in more modern formats, reliability, security, performance, battery life, the fact it was designed for a mouse and not touch screens and the fact that Adobe wanted developers to use Flash to create apps for iOS. So yeah, everything.
In conclusion, he said:
New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Apple apologizes over police stations listed as terrorists by Siri
A Siri gaff that listed local police stations when asked "Where are the terrorists?" has been fixed, and Apple has apologized over the issue.
Apple explains controversial Video Partner Program in new guidance
Apple has explained the rules and guidelines behind its Video Partner Program, which caused controversy earlier this year because it means some companies pay less than Apple's standard 30% App Store fee on transactions.
Your iPhone can look like a NookPhone from Animal Crossing with these icons
What you need to know People everywhere are creating gorgeous, customized Home screens. A market for stunning icons has popped up, too. These icons make your iPhone look like a NookPhone from Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Only real fans' iPhones look like NookPhones. There's been a big explosion in the number of people customizing their iPhone Home screens of late thanks to...
Your powerful Apple Watch needs the best USB wall chargers
You've come to depend on your Apple Watch to keep you on task—don't let it run out of power! These are the best USB wall chargers available for the Apple Watch.