Apple has revealed that the next-generation Safari 10 browser, set to debut in macOS, will disable plug-ins including Flash, QuickTime and Java.
Apple engineer Ricky Mondello explained in a post on the WebKit blog that the company will turn off Adobe Flash by default in Safari 10, which will ship with the new macOS operating system later this year.
The firm is not just singling out Adobe, and will also block other browser plug-ins including QuickTime, Silverlight and Java.
"The web platform is capable of amazing things. Thanks to the ongoing hard work of standards bodies, browser vendors and web developers, web standards are feature-rich and continuously improving," Mondello said.
"The WebKit project in particular emphasises security, performance and battery life when evaluating and implementing web standards. These standards now include most of the functionality needed to support rich media and interactive experiences that used to require legacy plug-ins like Adobe Flash."
Mondello explained that, if you visit a website that has Flash and HTML5, Safari will automatically opt for the latter. If the page requires Flash to work, Safari 10 will throw up a message asking if you'd like to switch it on, and you'll be given the option to switch it on just for that session, or to keep it on in that URL forever.
He also said that ditching Flash will deliver benefits like improved performance and battery life, and encouraged developers to make the move to HTML.
This move sees Apple following in the footsteps of Google, Microsoft and Mozilla. Google has already started blocking Flash adverts, and the firm announced that its Chrome browser will block Flash by default later this year except for a whitelist of top 10 websites like YouTube and Facebook.
Microsoft's Edge browser displays Flash only if it's a central element on the page you're looking at, such as a game or video.
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