Steve Jobs thoughts on Flash

Steve Jobs just posted his thoughts in an open letter on Flash, listing all the reasons why Apple has decided not to support it on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.

Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years. The two companies worked closely together to pioneer desktop publishing and there were many good times. Since that golden era, the companies have grown apart.

Jobs also knocked Flash for being proprietary, sapping battery power, not supporting multitouch interfaces, posing security risks, and being unstable. “Flash is the number one reason Macs crash,” Jobs said.

Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. Flash is the number one reason Macs crash and has not performed well on mobile devices.

Jobs concludes by noting that Flash was developed during the era of PCs and mice, but today’s low-power, touch-based mobile devices require new standards and technologies.

Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Read the entire letter here.

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