Apple to kill Flash in Safari once and for all

Apple looks set to kill Flash for good. Safari Technology Preview 99’s release notes, which is basically the beta version of the macOS Web browser, state that the update ends support for Adobe’s Flash. This means Flash is done for on Macs.

Apple to kill Flash in Safari once and for all: Safari icon pictured
Apple’s Safari icon
Samuel Axon for Ars Technica:

Apple already disabled Flash by default in a previous Safari version, and the practice of including Flash on each Mac from initial installation ended a decade ago. But if users wanted to download Flash to their Macs and manually activate it, doing so was still possible. Soon, it won’t be — at least, not in the system’s default browser.

Adobe announced in 2017 that it planned to end all support of Flash at the end of 2020, bringing an official end to a technology that had been a staple of rich-media Web applications for a very long time.

MacDailyNews Take: It took seemingly forever, but the scourge will finally be eradicated!

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12 Comments

  1. CitiBank is the only credit card issuer left who offers Virtual Account Numbers. For Macintosh users, a Flash app is used. I’m afraid that at the end of 2020, it will be the end-of-the-road for Virtual Account Numbers on MacOS. That will be a shame, in my opinion. I really like this free credit card feature that enables me to generate disposable credit card numbers for online purchases. If the online merchant experiences a data breach, I don’t have to worry that my real credit card number has been stolen. And since Virtual Account Numbers can only be used by the first merchant that charges a purchase, the number is worthless if it falls into the hands of a data thief.

      1. Hey Sum Jung Gai, thanks for your reply. My response:  Card does NOT offer virtual account numbers.  Card does NOT give 2% cash back for online purchases. That’s why I don’t use it for online purchases or recurring charges like utility bills.

        1. Good news: In fact,  Card does let you generate virtual account numbers. And when you generate one, it becomes available as an AutoFill option across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. And  Card usually offers 1% cash back on purchases made with the card or 2% for purchases with Apple Pay.

          1. I would like 2% cash back when I pay my electric bill, cell phone bill, gym membership, auto insurance, etc. But since I have never found a way to pay with ApplePay for recurring charges,  Card only offers 1% cash back. Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back on EVERYTHING, so that’s the main reason why I use it. Could you please tell me more about generating virtual card numbers with  Card? I never heard that before. I thought that it only offered payment with AppleCard and that there is a physical account number associated with the card, but it is just not printed on the physical card.

    1. BJB,

      The way I read this you can always use another browser for Flash. Apple’s pulling the plug for Safari support of Adobe Flash and it’s up to Adobe if they keep offering macOS support

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