Apple has completely removed support for Adobe’s Flash technology in the latest release of Safari Technology Preview, a move unlikely to have any real impact on users since Adobe has already announced its plans to end Flash support and development in 2020, Engadget is reporting.
Apple was the first company to end support for Flash due to its security flaws and vulnerabilities. It refused to support the technology on iOS back in 2007 and since then, others have followed suit, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Mozilla.
“Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces, and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short,” according to Apple.
With HTML5 leading the way as Flash’s replacement for a while, Adobe now plans on focusing its effort on developing new web standards and technology.