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No more pre-installed Flash on future Macs

You all know that Apple has been publicly hostile toward Flash and Steve Jobs has downright criticized it as a buggy battery hog. But for the past years, Apple Inc has always been including the software on the Macs. Now the tides are changing.

No more pre-installed Flash on Macs.

Let’s make this clear, though. Apple’s decision does not ban Flash software from the Macs — as opposed to the iPhone and iPad. Users will still be able to download and install a Flash player. So it’s not that you won’t be able to use the software anymore. You just don’t get it straight from the box. With Jobs’ present thought on Flash, I think this is quite gracious of him.

Apple unveiled an updated version of its ultra-thin MacBook Air laptop. It’s shipping without the Flash software installed, as will all Mac computers in the future, Apple confirmed. But the company said that the reason why they’re doing this is for users to benefit by downloading the most updated version of Flash. As you know Flash is frequently updated.

“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,” said Apple spokesman Bill Evans.

Here’s what Adobe has got to say about this: “As always, Adobe recommends that users download the most up to date version of Adobe Flash Player from Adobe.com.”

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