Is refusing Flash in the best interests of future iPhone 4G and iPad customers? The growing war of words between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch is amusing to watch, but how helpful is it? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers take sides.
By Richi Jennings. February 5, 2010.
Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention generic linkbait...
Nick Farrell says "Flash is not the saviour of the universe, but it is all we have":
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs claims ... that Flash is pants and everyone should be moving to HTML 5 anyway. In addition he blamed Flash for everything that causes his nice shiny Macs to crash. ... Relations between Adobe, which makes Flash, and Apple are not particularly good at the moment.
Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch admits that it is crunch time for Flash. ... Lynch said that Adobe is on the verge of launching Flash Player 10.1 for smartphones with all but one of the top manufacturers. Apparently this includes Google's Android, RIM's Blackberry, Nokia, Palm Pre and others, including not only smartphones but also tablets, netbooks, and Internet-connected TVs.
Rik Myslewski adds:
Adobe has fired back at Steve Jobs after the Apple boss allegedly attacked Adobe Flash for being "buggy" and referred to the Flashmakers as "lazy." ... Adobe CTO Lynch ... was undoubtedly inspired by the firestorm of criticism aimed at Apple - as well as an equally heated chorus of "good riddance" calls targeted at Adobe.
Let's let Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch speak for himself:
Ironically, Flash was originally designed for pen computing tablets, about 15 years before that market was ready to take off. ... Flash has been incredibly successful in its adoption, with over 85% of the top web sites containing Flash content and Flash running on over 98% of computers on the Web. It is used for the majority of casual games, video, and animation on the Web and familiar brands like Nike, Hulu, BBC, Major League Baseball, and more rely on Flash.
We are ready to enable Flash in the browser on [Apple] devices if and when Apple chooses to allow that for its users, but to date we have not had the required cooperation from Apple. ... I don't see [HTML5] replacing [Flash], certainly not today nor even in the foreseeable future. ... Users and content creators would be thrown back to the dark ages of video on the Web.
Sarah Jacobsson has déjà vu:
This is not the first time Apple and Adobe have clashed over Flash Apple's been resistant to adding Flash to the iPhone for more than three years now. On March 6, 2008, Steve Jobs made another public jab at Adobe, saying that the Flash Lite Player wasn't "advanced enough" ... and that it performed "too slow to be useful."
Sure, the iPhone has gotten along fine without Flash thus far (although it's recently taken a hit in the smartphone market could lack of Flash be an issue?). But Apple may need to step it up when it comes to the iPad, as many find the lack of Flash on a tablet computer ... simply unacceptable.
But Mitch Wagner disagrees:
Technology blogs nitpick the iPad over missing features and inadequate specs, [But] they're missing the point of the device, which is to create a tool that people love to use.
Seth Weintraub wonders if he's going insane:
One of the things I am most looking forward to on the iPad is the ability to use remote desktop to control my larger computers. ... On the iPhone, the experience lags both because the iPhone is slow and the screen is much smaller than any desktop. ... [But] with the iPad, you simply connect to your Mac and watch some Flash applications. The video will be slow and the voices might not match up, but you'll have Hulu working properly.
Am I insane to think that remote desktop is one of the more important capabilities of the iPad?
|Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, he is also an analyst at Ferris Research. You can follow him as @richi on Twitter, or richij on FriendFeed, pretend to be richij's friend on Facebook, or just use good old email: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
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