Engadget is reporting that Apple will no longer be bundling Flash in new Macs. Apple has bundled Flash with Mac OS for more than a decade and this could be seen as a huge dig against Adobe.
Apple spokesman Bill Evans regarding the change:
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.
It’s clear that Apple would rather ship their OS without Flash because of potential security concerns. Forcing users to install Flash on their Macs when they get them home ensures that they have the most up-to-date version.
The worry I have with this policy change is that users could visit a less than reputable website before installing Flash that prompts the user to install it before viewing a video or using some other aspect of the website. And unfortunately, there will be a lot of these less than reputable websites that link to a fake Flash installer that could also install malicious software onto the user’s computer.
So whether Apple bundles Flash with OS X or not, there will always be security concerns.