O’Grady’s PowerPage » Adobe Flash support disabled in Safari Technology Preview 99, portends end of support for the plug-in on macOS
Presaging the end of Adobe Flash on Safari, Apple on Wednesday disabled support for the multimedia plug-in in the Safari Technology Preview 99.
Apple quietly introduced the imminent demise of Flash on Safari in a set of launch notes accompanying Safari Technology Preview 99. Along with a quantity of enhancements to WebPackage code and belongings is point out of a single deprecation below “Legacy Plug-Ins,” which merely states, “Removed support for Adobe Flash.”
Safari Technology Preview, which was launched as a developer-focused experimental browser in 2016, usually offers an early have a look at upcoming Web applied sciences that may both seem or be faraway from the variations of Safari for iOS and macOS.
Albeit extraordinarily widespread, the demise of Flash has been forthcoming for a number of years now. The plug-in was criticized as being asset-hungry, proprietary, insecure, and out of date. Late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs mentioned as a lot some 10 years in the past in a broadly circulated letter appropriately titled “Thoughts on Flash.”
Following elevated competitors and pushback from the likes of Apple, Google and different browser makers, Adobe in 2017 mentioned it might pull the plug on Flash in 2020.
On the iOS platform, the end of Flash is a non-issue, as the plug-in was by no means built-in to the platform. Safari on Mac has shipped with Flash disabled since macOS Sierra, leaving customers to manually activate the software program on a case-by-case foundation.
Stay tuned for extra particulars as they develop into accessible.