Posts Tagged ‘iPod’

“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.


Explore your iPhone

I must have tried at least 10 different iPhone apps that were related to getting my files on to my iPhone. The only options I really had were using Dropbox (which required an internet connection), using Google Docs (which required an internet connection) or emailing the files to myself and opening them on the iPhone (which required an internet connection) – can you see where I’m going here! On my iPod 80gig (5th Generation) I was able to use the “enable disk use” option and could pretty much store what ever I wished – in fact I used it as a PDA syncing the calendar, notes, etc. Obviously this is all done with iTunes on the iPhone but I was unable to cross that hurdle of getting anything other than a word/pages/pdf file on to my iPhone without the use of the internet.

iPhone Explorer (works with iPod too) allows you manually manage files on your device, or just use it as a flash drive, without jailbreaking!

iPhone Explorer is a tiny application (comes zipped at 2 megabytes) and has an easy drag-and-drop interface that lets you copy to and from your iPhone. You can manually transfer your photos, music or movies from your device back to your computer, or just add files to the iPhone.

The only concern is that multiple selection doesn’t work so well so if you need to transfer large amounts of files, you might want to try putting them into a folder to avoid crashes.

iPhone Explorer is a free download for Windows and Mac OS X 1.5+, requires iTunes 8 or 9 to use.