“Flash Off” says Jobs

Steve Jobs recently posted an open letter explaining why he believes that Adobe Flash is not a good fit for the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

Over 1000 words long…what did he actually say?

SimonBlog has this to help us:

Steve Jobs cites six major reasons why he’d prefer to avoid Adobe Flash on Apple devices.

1. Adobe Flash is 100% proprietary – Apple is inclined to work on open web standards such as HTML5, CSS and JavaScript rather than 100% proprietary systems such as Adobe Flash. He defends the proprietary iPhone OS by mentioning that “all standards pertaining to the web should be open”

2. Alternatives for Web Video are available – Most videos on the web can be viewed on Apple devices without requiring Flash. Contrary to Apple’s claims, you do not need Adobe Flash to enjoy the ‘full web’ experience. H.264 is an ultra-modern video protocol which offers a great alternative to playing videos using Adobe Flash.

3. Poor Security – Flash makes Macs crash and it has a notorious history for security loopholes. Till date, there’s no mobile device which shows Flash performing well without any security issues.

4. Kills Battery Life – Flash is a performance hogger and a major reason for drained battery life. An iPhone running H.264 offers nearly double the battery life of an iPhone running on Flash.

5. Poor Touch Capabilities – Flash just doesn’t work well for touch interfaces. It relies heavily on a rollover concept where the position of a mouse cursor triggers certain actions. That’s hardly the best approach (in fact, it’s the worst approach) for a touch interface.

6. Avoid dependency on Third Party Tools – If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. It basically means that Adobe’s cross-platform tools lead to mediocre and sub-standards apps.

While Adobe has reacted strongly to the above six arguments from Apple’s top boss, it has done little to elaborate its stand on the matter so far.

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