The ending is officially here for Adobe Flash. As previously announced, Adobe has confirmed that they will no longer provide support for Flash Player after December 31, 2020, and it will block Flash content from running in Flash Player from January 12, 2021.
The font has been on the wall at the end of Adobe Flash for years. As far back as 2017, Adobe announced its plans to release support for the Flash plug-in by the end of 2020, and it is now making that promise.
Since Adobe has been working to discontinue Flash for the past three years, Apple’s message has been consistent. The company emphasized on its WebKit blog at the time of Adobe̵
Apple users have been experiencing the web without Flash for some time. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch never supported Flash. For Mac, the transition from Flash began in 2010 when Flash was no longer pre-installed. Today, if users install Flash, it remains off by default. Safari requires explicit authentication on each site before running the Flash plugin.
But of course, the relationship between Apple and Adobe regarding Flash had been strained for many years, ever since Steve Jobs famously published his “Thoughts on Flash” piece back in 2010 to address what was a major criticism of iPhones at the time. and iPads as a replacement for computers.
I wanted to take note of some of our thoughts on Adobe Flash products so that customers and critics can better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as primarily business-driven – they say we want to protect the App Store – but in reality it is based on technological issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true.
In the letter, Jobs apologized for its many shortcomings, including things like reliability, security, battery life and performance. While Adobe challenged Jobs’ claims at the time, Apple never took Flash to iPhone and iPad, and the fall of Flash began shortly thereafter.
Adobe has a website dedicated to providing information about obsolete Flash plans, and states that users should uninstall Flash from their computers immediately to “protect their systems.”
Since Adobe will no longer support Flash Player after December 31, 2020, and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player as of January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends that all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to protect their systems. Some users may continue to see reminders from Adobe to uninstall Flash Player from the system.
You can find more information on the Adobe website.
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