Adobe in 2017 announced plans to end support for the Flash browser plug-in by the end of 2020. Now that it is officially 2021, support for the software has ended, and Adobe will begin blocking content from running in Flash Player from and with January 12th.
Flash elimination should not have a big impact on users because many popular browsers have already moved away from the format. In addition, iPhone and iPad users are not affected by the change, as iOS and iPadOS have never supported Flash.
Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs offered his “Thoughts on Flash” in an open letter from 2010, criticizing Adobe’s software for reliability, incompatibility with mobile sites, and battery drain on mobile devices. Jobs also said that Adobe was “painfully slow in adopting improvements to Apple’s platforms,” and that further innovation from Apple would not be hindered by a “cross-platform development tool.”
In the past, Adobe’s Flash Player suffered from vulnerabilities that exposed Mac and PC users to malware and other security risks that prompted vendors such as Microsoft and Apple to work tirelessly to keep up with security updates.
Since Flash Player will no longer receive updates, Adobe recommends that all users immediately remove the software “to protect their systems.”