Apple's Jobs Blogs That Adobe Flash Stuck In The Past


This is the letter Apple fans have been waiting for. Apple CEO Steve Job has posted a 1,675-word blog post on the company's Website titled innocently enough, "Thoughts on Flash," in which he argues why he doesn't think Adobe's Flash technology is right for his company's iPhone and iPad devices.

Apple has come under fire from both users and critics for not integrating Flash-based technology into applications that can run on Apple's mobile devices.

Jobs argued several points in the letter. First, he noted that Apple has a long relationship with Adobe, having met that company's founders when they were "in their proverbial garage."

Apple owned about 20 percent of Adobe for many years, but Jobs admits the companies have since grown apart.

"[We] still work together to serve their joint creative customers -- Mac users buy around half of Adobe's Creative Suite products -- but beyond that there are few joint interests," he wrote.

Jobs countered the widely-held theory that Adobe's flash is an open technology while Apple has a closed system.

"Adobe's Flash products are 100 percent proprietary ... 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. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system," Jobs wrote.

Meanwhile, Apple has many proprietary products too, including the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad, notes Jobs, but Apple believes that all standards pertaining to the Web should be open.

"Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript -- all open standards. Apple's mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member," Jobs wrote.

 

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