You know that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is up to something even more interesting than usual when you see that out of nowhere he’s replaced Justin Bieber as the Number 1 trending topic on Twitter. And the reason for all the commotion? He’s only gone and written a blog post on Apple.com entitled “Thoughts on Flash.”
In the lengthy post, Jobs also takes issue with Adobe’s claims that 75% of video on the web is in Flash, countering that almost all of that content is also available in H.264, a more modern format, which is viewable on iPhones, iPods and iPads. In particular, Jobs says that the iPad offers “perhaps the best YouTube discovery and viewing experience ever.”As for Adobe’s claim that Apple devices can’t play Flash games? Jobs wipes the floor with it with this succinct paragraph:
“Another Adobe claim is that Apple devices cannot play Flash games. This is true. Fortunately, there are over 50,000 games and entertainment titles on the App Store, and many of them are free. There are more games and entertainment titles available for iPhone, iPod and iPad than for any other platform in the world.”
When it comes to reliability, security and performance, Jobs isn’t pulling any punches either, saying that Symantec recently named Flash as having one of the worst security records in 2009. He also repeats his assertion that Flash is the number one reason for Macs crashing.
Continuing to hammer his point home with conviction, Jobs goes on to cite even more reasons why Apple will not have flash on its mobile devices: Flash is a bigger drain on battery resources, was designed for use with a mouse so is therefore no good for touch screens, and, the most important reason of all, according to Jobs, because Adobe wants to let a “third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer”, which he believes “results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform.”
Jobs concludes by saying that Flash was created for PCs and mice, whereas the mobile era is for “low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.” And finally, the coup de grace: “Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticising Apple for leaving the past behind.”
By Maura Sutton, iPadForums.net
Thoughts on Flash