Adobe’s Flash is slow, drains batteries, isn’t suitable for touchscreen devices and poses security problems, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in an unusual missive today.
Jobs’ epistle is the latest in the quarrel between Apple and Adobe over Flash, bickering that reached new heights two weeks ago when an Adobe evangelist told Apple to “Go screw yourself.”
Jobs’ counter: Apple doesn’t need Flash.
Jobs started by refuting Adobe’s contention last week that Flash is an “open” platform while Apple’s technology is “closed,” and hammered the media format and its widely-used player for reliability, performance and security issues. “While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe,” said Jobs. “By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.”
That was a direct rebuttal to comments made last week by Mike Chambers, the principal product manager for Flash developer relations, when Adobe announced it would stop development of a tool that lets programmers port Flash applications to the iPhone and iPad.
Lee Brimelow, from Adobe said, “Apple’s action is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe”.
Sounds like Apple being its usual self with Steve Jobs the maniac running everything. How stupid for him to say they are a closed technology, so is Apple according to his definition.
Honestly, Apple’s app store is a house of cards waiting to tumble, how many stupid apps do you really need? They are shooting themselves in the foot by limiting consumer choice. You can watch free movies at Hulu.com, play free Flash games online and on your phone, all without going through iTunes which is Apple’s only stronghold on the internet. Video is a small part of what Flash does, it also allows developers to make content on the internet, without bowing down to Apple.
And one more thing, could it possibly be that Apple made a shitty product? Oh no, that could never possibly happen…