New Version Of Safari Tells Older Versions Of Adobe Flash To Take A Hike

New Version Of Safari Tells Older Versions Of Adobe Flash To Take A Hike

Today Apple released Safari 5.1.7 alongside OS X 10.7.4. The latest Safari update includes several general improvements and bug fixes, including a new way of handling Adobe Flash on the web. If an older version of Flash attempts to run in Safari 5.1.7, Apple’s browser will automatically disable it and give you the option to install the newest version of Flash from Adobe’s website.

Release notes for Lion users:

Safari 5.1.7 contains improvements to performance, stability, compatibility, and security, including changes that:

  • Improve the browser’s responsiveness when the system is low on memory
  • Fix an issue that could prevent webpages from responding after using a pinch to zoom gesture
  • Fix an issue that could affect websites using forms to authenticate users
  • Disable versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates and provide the option to get the current version from Adobe’s website.

Windows users running the latest Safari should also see browser responsiveness improve, and an issue relating to web form authentication has also been fixed.

Safari 5.1.7 can be downloaded directly from Apple’s website or via Software Update.

  • Robert Daniels

    Why is this news? Many different Os and browsers do this

  • Andrew John

    Why is this news? Many different Os and browsers do this

    Perhaps it’s because this is new to safari users. This isn’t a news site, it’s a tech blog. Nothing wrong with being informed bro.

  • sonofsci

    Flash runs like crap on Safari, at least on my computer (17″ Early 2011 MBP with 8 Gigs Ram).   YouTube videos sputter, start and stop even with a fully downloaded video.  I end up having to use Firefox to watch videos and Safari for everything else.  I hoped the update would help, but it didn’t.  Does anyone else have this problem?

  • Rballardini

    Did the OS upgrade. All works fine except Facebook??? Didn’t upgrade my wife’s and her Facebook is working fine? Started Fire Fox Facebook works fine there on my computer? All I get with FB is a white browser window and some lettering. Did a computer and Safari restart and emptied the cache still doesn’t work. It’s the only page????

  • ApplePr0n

    Good, Flash sucks anyway. Can’t wait until it’s either drastically improved or forgotten completely

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