UPDATE 1-Apple will no longer pre-install Flash on Macs

* Users will have to download software

* Apple erects more roadblocks to Adobe’s software
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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 22 (BestGrowthStock) – Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.) (AAPL.O: ) said
on Friday it will no longer ship Mac computers with Adobe
Systems Inc’s (ADBE.O: ) Flash player pre-installed, as the
company continues to erect barriers to the software.

Apple’s decision does not ban Flash software from its
computers — as it has from the iPhone and iPad. Users will
still be able to download and install a Flash player, which is
widely-used to view videos on the Web.

Apple has been publicly hostile towards Flash and Steve
Jobs has criticized it as a buggy battery hog. Adobe has
responded by calling Apple overly restrictive.

In addition, Apple had effectively banned developers from
using Flash to build applications for its mobile devices, but
the company relented last month in the face of scrutiny from
U.S. regulators. [ID:nN09180204]

Apple unveiled on Wednesday an updated version of its
ultra-thin MacBook Air laptop. The computer is shipping without
the Flash software installed, as will all Mac computers in the
future, Apple confirmed.

Apple spokesman Bill Evans said Apple simply wanted to make
sure users had the most recent version of the software, which
is frequently updated.

“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,” he
said.

In an emailed statement, an Adobe spokeswoman said: “As
always, Adobe recommends that users download the most up to
date version of Adobe Flash Player from Adobe.com.”

Apple shares fell 0.7 percent to close at $307.47, while
Adobe shares rose 1.8 percent to $28.21.
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway; editing by Andre Grenon,
Bernard Orr)

UPDATE 1-Apple will no longer pre-install Flash on Macs