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Apple has escalated its war with Adobe by pulling the plug on the Adobe Flash player on Macs.

Apple has escalated its war with Adobe by pulling the plug on the Adobe Flash player on Macs. 

Effective immediately none of Apple’s products will include a plug in for Adobe Flash with the Company claiming that the decision has been taken because of “security” reasons.

The move by Apple is set to make life difficult for designers and web developers, who are going to have to download a plugin in the future. It could also result in YouTube content not running properly.

The move that came as a surprise to many Mac owners means that buyers will have to figure out how to download the player and plugin on any of the computers that they buy – a process which Apple has not simplified by including any “click to install” links.

The company has also deprecated its Java runtime, hinting that it will not include it in the next version of Mac OS X 10.7 due to ship next summer, although that is not definite.
Apple said that demonstration models in Apple Stores will not include Adobe Flash.

Apple’s exclusion from the desktop and laptop computers of Flash – which is already banished from the “iOS” devices, iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads – became clear when testers discovered that the new MacBook Airs unveiled by Steve Jobs on Wednesday could not play Adobe Flash content including YouTube.

An Apple spokesperson said: “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.”
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