Shortly after OS X Lion hit the Mac App Store, Adobe promptly blamed Apple’s new operating system for a number of issues with its applications that users are experiencing after upgrading. One of its claims was that Lion disables hardware video acceleration, which has a huge impact on its Flash Player and results in it eating up a whole lot more of your processing power than it previously did.
It hasn’t taken long for Adobe to issue a retraction on that claim.
The final release of Mac OS X Lion (10.7) provides the same support for Flash hardware video acceleration as Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6). The previous “Known Issue” described in a tech note suggesting that video hardware acceleration was disabled in Lion was incorrect and based on tests with a pre-release version of Mac OS X Lion that related to only one particular Mac GPU configuration. We continue to work closely with Apple to provide Flash Player users with a high quality experience on Mac computers.
This obviously suggests that Lion isn’t really the Flash killer Adobe claimed it was, and instead, the problems are simply with Adobe’s software… and their failure to test it on Lion properly before release.
Although there is no mention of an upcoming update in its statement, we’re sure that Adobe will be issuing a Flash Player fix shortly.