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Steve Jobs Defends Flash Ban, Calls Out Former BFF Adobe

Whether you’re a customer or a critic, Steve Jobs wants you to know once and for all why he does not allow Flash, made by his very old and dear friend Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE), on iPhones, iPods and iPad. In a 1,671-word message posted in Hot News section. Jobs smacks down claims that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is banning Flash for competitive reasons and that Apple is a closed system.

The upshot: “Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn

9 Responses to “Steve Jobs Defends Flash Ban, Calls Out Former BFF Adobe”

  1. rahul,

    Thanks for proving my point. Jobs in one paragraph talks about adopting HTML 5 and in another paragraph, talk about the painful experience of third party layers which are virtual machines and interpreters Java, Flash and HTML (javascript,css) are based on.

    So he just proved my point, HTML 5 is nothing but a tool for Jobs argument to blunt Flash. At the end of the day, it is about Apple Inc. development platform and I agree with this position.

  2. Excerpt from

    “This becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool. The third party may not adopt enhancements from one platform unless they are available on all of their supported platforms. Hence developers only have access to the lowest common denominator set of features. Again, we cannot accept an outcome where developers are blocked from using our innovations and enhancements because they are not available on our competitor’s platforms.”

    Jobs is right. Why would any company like other to be a blocker in their growth when they themselves can innovate far more faster and better.

  3. Looks like Apple just made an informal proposal to Adobe….You want Apple to include you in our products, give me a piece of the pie. This really defines the meaning of nothing’s free in the world. Apple’s got a great strategy and hats off to Steve Jobs.

  4. Jobs already demonstrated and rightfully so, he is beholden to Apple, Inc. best interest. HTML 5 is not Apple, Inc and not their best interest.

    HTML 5 still requires an interpreter and that interpreter still falls in the realm of a virtual machine. In many cases, HTML 5 is worst due to tragedy of the commons since many different interpreters on many platforms with books written by many authors will push their version of HTML 5 interpretation and create another round of “best practices” and “tricks” – something I will never take part in again.

    I agree with Jobs position to focus on shifting app development to taking full advantage of vendor-specific features rather than this tired watered-down lowest common denominator model of HTML and W3C stuff for 21st century user interface presentation.

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    @Ed Dunn – I agree right up until the point about Jobs feeling that way about HTML 5 as well. I think it’s more about control of the implementation than the technology itself. Apple controls Safari (and in many ways they control WebKit) which means they control how HTML5 is handled on their OS and can prioritize it as they see fit. With Flash Adobe has all of the control and Apple would be beholden on them to prioritize features, etc. as Adobe sees fit and not how Apple does. Big fundamental difference there. I don’t see Apple suddenly turning on HTML 5 technology like they have with Flash because they already control it in the sense that matters to them.

  6. Well, it’s pretty much laid out.

    Unless Flash can become a fully standalone OS and compete, then the Flash parasite virtual machine model will become obsolete.

    It’s funny how the HTML 5 guys don’t realize Mr. Jobs probably feel the same about them but using them as a tool for now….