The latest version of Apple’s macOS, Monterey, has removed one of the longest and most prominent examples of using flags for languages: on the macOS language selector.
New language selector from macOS Monterey
The new UI is purely text, whereas previously flags were shown in this selection screen since macOS’s release in 2001.
Previous macOS language selector (Source: BusinessInsider
Given macOS supports hundreds of languages (and regional variations), this change radically simplifies the macOS language selection UI and also removes the requirement for Apple to maintain flags to match each language. It also makes this a simpler option for both users and Apple, and also one that no longer confuses languages with flags.