Apple has decided to stop shipping Flash pre-installed on their devices beginning with the newly released MacBook Air. No one was really sure what to expect when news broke that the MacBook Air didn’t come with Flash out of the box. There were a lot of cool things to ship along with the MacBook Air: the higher resolution displays, the USB restore drive, the solid state memory… but those pale in comparison to the potential political statement they’re making by removing Flash. Was it an oversight? Was it deliberate? Apple answered that question with an official statement from spokesman Bill Evans:
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.
Following those words, Bill went on to say that they would leave the software out of all future Macs citing the necessity for the user to install the software and keep it up-to-date. Apple claims it will be easier for their customers to do it themselves. Really? That’s not the Apple we’re familiar with. Apple’s main technological purpose is to take complicated devices and dumb them down so your grandmother could use them. Sometimes it seems like they take that too far — think of their closed iOS software — by putting heavy restrictions on what can be done without confusing the customer. Countless apps have been rejected from the App Store because they could potentially cause confusion for the customer. Since most customers didn’t know what Flash was before this conflict began, we don’t see this helping the typical Apple user.
That leads us to believe that this was a deliberate jab at Adobe in the on-going PR battle. Bill Evans just spun it to hide Apple’s true intentions.
Click the continue reading link below to find a great interview between my childhood friend Ben Parr of Mashable and Aaron Filner the Group Product Manager of Adobe Flash. It’s an older interview from the Spring but still completely relevant to the situation. I agree that the Flash platform needs to go the way of the dodo, or at least stop crashing so much, but Apple’s really beginning to look like a school girl who won’t talk to you because you said “hi” to her boyfriend. Can’t we all just get along… seriously.