Adobe Optimizing Flash for MacBook Air

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen let slip during the Web 2.0 Summit that his company is working to optimize Flash for Apple’s MacBook Air, according to Engadget. The revelation comes in the wake of reports that Flash dramatically reduces the battery life of the new MacBook Air — a claim that Adobe has been denying.

Adobe is working with a MacBook Air in its labs to fine tune how Flash runs on the ultra-light laptop. “When we have access to hardware acceleration, we’ve proven that Flash has equal or better performance on every platform,” Mr. Narayen said.

Adobe is working to optimize Flash for the MacBook Air

The report comes as good news for MacBook Air users that need Flash installed on their computer since a potential hit to performance and battery life could impact their ability to work.

Apple raised eyebrows when it shipped the new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air without Flash pre-installed. Despite the exclusion, however, Apple isn’t blocking users from installing Flash themselves.

There isn’t any word yet on when — or if — Adobe plans to release a Flash update that improves MacBook Air performance.