Apple Will Stop Pre-Installing Adobe Flash in Macs
Well, some would say it’s just a matter of time.
Apple confirmed Friday, October 22, that they will no longer be bundling Adobe Flash into the Mac OS X starting with its latest product, the smaller, thinner and lighter MacBook Air that was announced this week. All future Mac products will follow suit.
Users of Mac will still be able to use Flash but they have to install it themselves. Any security updates will also be no longer supported by the OS’s patch process leaving users again to fend for themselves.
“We’re happy to continue to support Flash on the Mac, and the best way for users to always have the most up to date and secure version is to download it directly from Adobe,” spokesman Bill Evans said.
The announcement is subtle compared to what happened to the iOS, the operating system used for iPod, iPhone and iPad, where the Flash has been banned.
Adobe replied by advising Mac users to regularly check their security blog. They also said that they are planning to make an auto-update notification feature in any new release of Flash for Mac just like the one being offered to Windows users. No release date was announced for it, however.