Jobs on Flash

Apple LogoApple: “Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.

In addition, Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath. Who knows how it will perform?” – Now you know.

2 Comments

  1. What’s interesting for me is the gauntlet Jobs has thrown down to Adobe — show us that Flash works well on any mobile device. This is only days after the news that Android 2.2 will include Flash 10.1. I wonder how well that’ll perform.

  2. Prasenjeet,

    Adobe should just move on. Make Flash work on every other platform known to man. I don’t see it slowing down the iPhone at all, and the other platforms can put the “Supports Flash!” bullet point on their marketing materials. I don’t think it matters much, I could be wrong.

    We’ll see…

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