October 23, 2010

Apple Drops Pre-installed Flash

Apple Inc on Friday announced that it will no longer pre-install Adobe Systems Inc's Flash media player on its Mac computers, as the company continues to phase out the software.

The decision to not install the software does not ban Flash for its PCs. Users will still be able to download the media software, which is still widely-used to watch videos on the Internet.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has criticized Flash as a buggy battery hog, and thus has banned the software from running on its iPad and iPhone. Adobe responded to the criticism, saying Jobs and his company are overly restrictive.

Apple had also effectively banned developers from using Flash to build apps for its mobile devices, but then changed their mind in the face of stiff scrutiny from US regulators.

Apple says it will ship a new updated version of its ultra-thin MacBook Air laptop without Flash software installed, and all Mac computers in the future will also be shipped minus a Flash player.

Bill Evans, spokesman for Apple, said the company is not banning the software from its computers, it just wants to make sure users have the most recent version of the software, which is frequently updated.

"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," he told Reuters.

A spokeswoman for Adobe, said in a statement: "As always, Adobe recommends that users download the most up to date version of Adobe Flash Player from Adobe.com."


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