Apple Continues Anti-Flash Vendetta

| October 23, 2010 | Reply

As most of the tech world knows, Apple made a statement about six months ago concerning the lack of Flash support coming for the iPhone, going as far as to call it a dead technology, and instead opting for support on the HTML 5 front. While a proactive theory, the sheer use of Flash as a medium over HTML 5 is staggering to say the least. Most any site you go to will have some kind of Flash running somewhere on it.

However, it did not stop there, as Apple went on to revamp their expectations for application creation, leaving Adobe’s Flash Professional CS5 in the “too bad, you can’t use it.” column, both blindsiding Adobe, and further concreting this anti-Flash stance on Apples behalf.

Now the other day at Apples “Back to the Mac” conference, another potshot at Adobe was taken, by not including Adobe Flash anywhere in the newly revealed Macbook Airs. Not a huge shocker, but petty at best. However, Apple says they will continue to support Flash on OS X, and anyone can grab an up to date version from Adobes site. The funny part is, the missing plugin windows do not include a link to download Flash. Coincidence, Mr. Jobs?

The other day, we reported on the fact that those tiny new MacBook Airs are shipping without a pre-installed version of Flash. Based on Apple’s recent, vocal anti-Flash opinions, we took it as a sign that the company was putting even more distance between itself and Adobe, but according to a statement we’ve just received, that might not be the case. Apple spokesman Bill Evans just pinged us with the official word on the situation, claiming that it has more to do with making sure users have the most recent version of the software and less to do with politics. Here’s the word from Apple:

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.
Interestingly, he also notes that this will be happening across all Macs in the future, though there may be some models still in the channel with Flash pre-installed. Obviously this makes some sense, but it’s hard not to see it as a dig against Adobe — there must be other solutions for ensuring users are up to date (like, oh, putting the plugin into your auto-updater). Also, it would be nice if those “missing plug-in” messages actually worked as links to the Adobe install page (because they don’t, at least in Safari). Hey — at least we know it wasn’t a fluke!

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Hamilton, Ontario, born and raised. I’m the oldest of two, really into the tech scene. Like my Macbook, Live for my Xbox 360, and LOVE my phones. I work for a large Canadian Telecomm company by day, and a Gizmo Ninja editor by night. I’ve jumped around every mobile OS I can get my hands on, including Symbian, Windows Mobile, WP7, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, etc. Current devices include the HTC Desire Z, HTC Desire HD, Motorola Milestone, HTC HD7, LG Optimus Quantum, and my daily device is my Motorola Atrix.