Apple’s intransigence when it comes to Flash support on its line of iOS devices has already been discussed ad nauseum. Indeed, the tension between the two companies has, at times, gotten publicly heated – one minute Steve Jobs is writing an anti-Flash screed, the next minute Adobe execs are calling the iPhone a closed platform. Next thing you know, Steve Jobs is calling Adobe “lazy” while Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen responds by accusing Apple of hindering Flash performance with its “proprietary lock-in.”
And now, Adobe has really upped the ante. We’re talking vindictive action here, folks. For you see, Adobe unleashed Adobe Flash Player 10.2 last Tuesday, and the upgrade, wait for it, no longer supports PowerPC based Macs.
Adobe is discontinuing support of PowerPC-based computer and will no longer provide security updates.Support is being discontinued because of performance enhancements that cannot be supported on the older PowerPC architecture.
Okay, to be fair, this isn’t entirely new news as Adobe made this clear in the Adobe Flash 10.1 release notes. And of course, Adobe’s CS software hasn’t supported PowerPC Macs for awhile now. But still, the news should send shivers down the spines of all those Mac users still revving up their ole’ Emacs or whatever other kind of PowerPC based Mac they still happen to have lying around and depreciating in market value.
Update: This was all tongue in cheek folks, we realize this is everything but a big deal. Carry on.