This year marks the official end of an era: As announced in 2017, by the end of 2020, Adobe will stop supporting the once-ubiquitous Flash. In today’s latest release of its Safari Technology Preview browser, Apple has taken the next step as part of its efforts to end all Flash use in Safari.
Safari Technology Preview is in essence Safari’s beta version. It is an experimental version of Safari that allows developers and other users to report bugs and improvements in performance before they release the changes to everyone.
Hidden in the release notes for version 99 of Safari Technology Preview, released today, is the small but notable detail that the release removes Adobe Flash support. Which means you can’t install or use Adobe Flash in Safari any more. While this change takes effect immediately for users of Safari Technology Preview, when it rolls out to the normal Safari build is unknown.
This shouldn’t be a hindrance for almost everyone at all. In 2010 Apple stopped pre-installing Flash on the Mac all the way back. Up until now, if they really needed it, users had been able to install it on their own. But even so, Apple has started disabling Adobe Flash in macOS Sierra by default with Safari 10.
Adobe revealed almost three years ago its plans to “end-of-life” show by the end of 2020. At the time, Apple said it was working closely with Adobe to complete the transition to a Flash-free emphasizing that without Flash, Mac, iPhone and iPad were already commonly used:
Now that 2020 is here, we can look forward to Flash’s official death — which actually ought to have occurred many years ago.