Safari 10 the newest version of Macintosh's browser is set to activate immediately with the release of Mac OS sierra. The newest version of the operating system is going to streamline and potentially disable some of the most common plug-ins which are available in the older version of the operating system. Safari 10 will actually be disabling QuickTime, Silverlight, Java and Adobe flash to create a web experience that is based mostly off of HTML 5 content. The reason for the focus on HTML 5 is because it's a much faster and more condensed format. More web designers are turning to this format because it can be displayed on a wide array of devices and often in extremely high HD quality. This means that no matter what you happen to be displaying your Macintosh OS browser on, it will be in the best quality and the fastest possible speed.
Macintosh developers believe that by eliminating some of these old plug-ins they can improve the overall web browsing experience and the speed of web browsing in general through the new OS and the new browser.
The way that the browser will read content is when a browser comes across a page that offers the content in HTML 5 and flash, Safari will automatically select the HTML 5 version disabling the Adobe flash function. If users require viewing on pages with flash or Silverlight, users can automatically activate the plug-ins with a single click. This overall minimizes the amount of time that these plug-ins need to be open and improves browser experience. It won't inconvenience users either because they will still have access to these plug-ins, only when they are needed. Ultimately the use of these plug-ins is becoming rarer with modern web development standards.
Some of the other changes that are coming about with Safari 10 are a command reload page. This command reload page will help users to control the content that's displayed as well as to add additional preferences when choosing the plug-ins that will be activated throughout the browser experience. This gives users an extra level of control when it comes to monitoring their plug-ins, memory and overall web experience. Users will be able to select plug-ins, security preferences and more to subtly tweak their Safari browsing experience. This type of customization is nothing new for users of chrome but a welcome breath of fresh air for those that preferred the standard Mac browser.
Apple of course recommends using various features which are built into Safari but having the ability to eliminate plug-ins like jabber and flash can not only improve the browser experience but a limited a lot of security vulnerabilities that have been found in the past with mac. Safari 10 is building a platform for web developers to finally retire older web technology while giving users an extra level of control.
Will flash eventually be retired?
Many are saying that this latest update with Safari is going to potentially act as the last nail in the coffin for Adobe flash. Adobe flash is quickly becoming a dying format because of HTML 5. New HTML 5 media is not only faster but it has a tendency to behave much better on mobile devices. With so many different users turning to mobile devices for their main access to the web, it just doesn't make sense for web developers to continue creating content which is going to be functioning problematically when displayed on mobile browsers.
One of the biggest assistants to mobile development worldwide is google. They provide a huge platform for development, hosting, marketing and learning about developing websites. Google is adopting a massive HTML 5 policy with chrome and with search engine listings for HTML 5 content. As a result of responsive webpages receiving support in search engine traffic and all of the tools for web designers on Google using HTML 5, flash-based content is continuing to take a hit from chrome which is one of the most used browsers in the world for Mac/ Windows and mobile.
If you are worried about the elimination of flash tools by default in Safari, you can try out the beta of the browser in the Mac OS sierra beta. Overall this should not affect browser experience one bit and it should in fact drive progress forward with Web development and user experience on mac web browsing through safari.