Adobe has released the long anticipated Flash Player 10.1 for Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms. This major update is expected to not only bring a severely needed performance boost, but also stability and security improvements.
Apple used the stability and security issues with earlier versions of Flash as the reason not to support it on the iPhone and iPad. While I don't think the release of Flash Player 10.1 is going to change any minds over at Apple, it's important for a number of reasons.
First, Flash Player 10.1 can use graphics hardware to provide a boost in performance. If you have a newer Mac with a modern graphics processor, Flash Player should be able to use the GPU to increase rendering speed.
Second, Flash Player 10.1 promises to drastically improve stability. Apple believes Flash is the number one reason for Mac crashes. If Adobe is able to drastically improve stability, it removes one of the weapons from Apple's hands in the Adobe/Apple/Flash wars.
I haven't installed the latest Flash Player yet, but will do so soon. If you're ready to give it a try, you can download it directly from Adobe's web site.