Why Steve Jobs hates Flash

Steve Jobs has stepped forward with six reasons why Apple is saying no to Flash. We break 'em down and let our staff speak their minds.

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jack who2912d ago

only reason it would show how Flawed their os really is

UPSLynx2912d ago

simplicity is not innovation. Jobs just wants to control the experience with an iron fist. I would LOVE to see what having flash would do to these devices.

tunaks12912d ago

Gonna get CS5 and make some apps,
I already know Action Script lets see if theres $$$ to be made

hoops2912d ago

Flash can run all those FREE FLASH games. Thats why Steve hates it.

rexus123452912d ago

watch your CPU load when playing those flash games, notice how it kind of skyrocketed, I doubt iPhone can even run those. So I guess Apple's reason is rather than having people's iPhones explode when running those games, simply deny them the opportunity.

ReBurn2912d ago

I think you're right. I've purchased a few apps from the app store that look like they could have easily been made with flash.

Darkfocus2912d ago

thats's why they don't want it

Icyhot2912d ago

Didn't you read the letter? Steve cares crap about the Free flash Based games..

The primary reason Apple doesn't allow Flash on iPhone and iPad is cause Flash doesn't have any 'VARIANTS' meaning there is no separate version of flash for a mobile device or PS3 or any other device for that matter... This is why Apple calls Adobe LAZY..

If you ever see a Flash video, then you see there are roll overs meaning if you move your cursor on the video, you get the options like pausing, skipping (which go away once you stop moving it).. This CANNOT be implemented on the iPhone or iPad since there is NO pointer in it. Hence they would have to re-write the code back (the site people) to enhance it for it so why not directly write in HTML5?

And h264 coding (which is the current vids which work with iPad) uses the internal HARDWARE to decode stuff hence takes very little resource whereas FLASH IS SOFTWARE based decoding and uses much more resource... The difference is HUGE.. You get 2wice the battery performance off the device and very little heat since the processor isn't strained much..

FLASH was great, but I hope HTML5 takes over... Everything can run HTML5 (Safari and Google Chrome don't even require Plugins), it uses less resource and IS MORE STABLE than Flash.

beardpapa2912d ago

^ someone that actually read the article and put a decent opinion on it. Anyhoo, can't wait to see what flash does to 'battery life' on my droid since that seems to be the main argument apple has. But I can understand apple's negative view on Flash though.

Anyone with a history of Apple knows that Adobe has always given Apple a kinda 'third-wheel' attention since back in like 96 or so. You know a lot of us mac users have been waiting for Adobe to release a stable flash player/plug-in for god knows how long, and they've only released the gaia build and that still doesn't cut it.

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Quadrix2912d ago

Can't say I disagree with him. Flash DOES pretty much suck.

hoops2912d ago

It does suck in many instances but until HTML 5 comes into play, Steve should just shut up because 90% of the web uses it.

Raypture2912d ago


exactly, HTML5 and Flash will co-exist for a year or so at the converison rate by my guess unless adobe ramp up their game and bring in some really good stuff for flash, which they likely won't as they haven't really done much new in the last few years and are just sitting on photoshop which is basically a monopoly for them.

JustTheFactsMr2912d ago

Best counterpoints I've seen so far..

"Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning "marked by an air of superior piety or morality". Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a "holier-than-thou" attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe, and Flash in particular, really fits the bill. There are three specific points I want to address to illustrate just how holier-than-thou, hypocritical, and misleading this letter really is."

Lich1202912d ago

I couldn't have said it any better.

I also really don't like Apple so I would fear that Id come off with some bias, but that article is chalk full of facts about the issue.

Rhythmattic2912d ago (Edited 2912d ago )

Another View. Quite funny in its delivery.


JustTheFactsMr2911d ago

"Another View. Quite funny in its delivery. "

Good read.

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