Apple's Chief Makes Case Against Flash

Posted in: Miscellaneous at 30/04/2010 19:34

Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, posted a 1,700-word letter on Apple's Web site on Thursday, explaining the company's decision not to allow the multimedia software Adobe Flash on Apple's mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad.

The letter is the first in-depth public statement by the company discussing its position on Adobe's software, which is behind millions of graphics and advertisements on Web sites worldwide, since Apple announced that position in January 2007 when it introduced the iPhone.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/30/technology/30apple.html

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Neither the iPod, iPhone nor iPad can run the software despite the widespread use of Flash technology on websites for video and animations.

He said Flash was made for an era of "PCs and mice" and performed poorly when translated to run on touchscreen smartphones and handheld devices.

The head of Adobe called the highlighted problems "a smokescreen".
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http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2010/04/steve_jobs_doesnt_like_adobe_f.html

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In response to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' explanation on why his company refuses to let Adobe Systems' Flash Player on his company's iPhone, Adobe's chief technology officer sounded an upbeat tone and said the company was moving on without Apple.

"We feel confident that were Apple and Adobe to work together as we are with a number of other partners, we could provide a terrific experience with Flash on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch," Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch wrote in a company blog post late Thursday. "However, as we posted last week, given the legal terms Apple has imposed on developers, we have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple devices for both Flash Player and AIR."
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It's no secret that Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, is secretive. And although he seems to have opened up a little lately, answering e-mail messages from Apple devotees with one word e-mail replies, on Thursday, he shared 1,700 words in a post on Apple's site. The post, "Thoughts on Flash," addresses the debate over why the iPad -- and other mobile Apple products -- do not allow the use of the multimedia software Adobe Flash, which is behind millions of graphics and advertisements on Web sites worldwide.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/29/thoughts-from-steve-jobs-on-flash/

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Mr Jobs published a rare open letter branding Flash a failure on mobile devices. Flash is the most widespread video player technology on the web used by many millions of sites for videos and games.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article7112201.ece

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