Steve Jobs Bashes Flash; Adobe puts out calm response

The chief executive of Apple, Steve Jobs defended the company’s decision to exclude support for Adobe and Flash, some of their mobile devices, refuting the charge that the measure would aim to protect the applications sold in the electronics store from Apple. The Apple boss has published a long article in which he justifies point by point the reasons for the boycott of Flash.

“Flash is the No. 1 cause of crashes in Mac.” Jobs accuses of having failed to resolve the problems that persist for several years. As for the arrival of Flash on mobile devices, now postponed to the second half of the year it almost appears to Arles in the writings of the boss of Apple. Adobe wants to provide tools for developing cross-platform to simplify porting applications on different OSes.

Jobs details six reasons against Flash that include:

  • Flash is not open
  • Flash is not necessary for the full web
  • Flash is not secure, reliable and has performance issues
  • Flash is bad for battery life
  • Flash is not designed for touch
  • Flash is cross platform developer tools and gets in-between Apple’s platform and the developer

“Our motivation is simple – we want to provide a platform for the most innovative and most advanced our developers and we want them to keep above the platform and create the best applications that the world has ever seen.” Tomb then the sentence: “(…) Flash is no longer necessary to watch a video or use any Internet content. And the 200 000 applications from the App Store prove that Flash is not necessary for thousands of developers to build graphically rich applications, including games. While there are Apple, but there is no Apple …

“We asked periodically to show us that Adobe Flash works well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for some years. We never saw it happen,” Jobs said in a statement.

“Flash has been designed for PCs using a mouse, not touch screens. Again, Steve Jobs sent a message to website publishers ensuring that all Flash sites will have to be revised to support multipoint interfaces. He suggests they take the opportunity to adopt modern standards like HTML5, CSS or JavaScript.

Meanwhile today,Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen responded to this open letter made by Jobs yesterday. He called Jobs’ points a “smokescreen,” said Flash is an “open specification,” and further said Apple’s restrictions are “cumbersome” to developers and have “nothing to do with technology.” What’s more, he also said Jobs’ claims about Flash affecting battery life are “patently false,” and suggested that any Flash-related crashes on OS X have more to do with Apple’s operating system than Adobe’s software.

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