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Apple’s Flash Bash ‘n Trash

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday May 3, 2010 )

Apple and Adobe are certainly not on the best of terms at the moment; particularly after Steve Jobs’ open letter published a few days ago entitled “Thoughts on Flash”.

The open letter explains why Apple does not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads and rejects Adobe’s opinion that Apple’s decision was primarily business driven, saying it is based on technology issues.

Mr Jobs outlines a number of reasons, including:

– Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Flash he says is a closed system.

– He states that Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009.

– Flash is the number one reason Macs crash.

– Flash has not performed well on mobile devices.

– Battery life issues

– Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers

– Flash is a cross platform development tool and he says Adobe has been painfully slow to adopt enhancements to Apple’s platforms.

You can read Steve Jobs open letter “Thoughts on Flash” in full here.

So, how did the folks at Adobe take all this? Well, they certainly didn’t say “Damn, Steve, you’re right!”.

Actually, they didn’t really have much to say, on their blog anyway. In a post entitled “Moving Forward“, Kevin Lynch, Adobe CTO, says they would have liked to work with Apple, but given the situation Adobe had already decided to shift our focus away from Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices for both Flash Player and AIR; choosing to concentrate on “all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem”.

And that is that.. or is it?



 

 
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