Steve Jobs Not Interested in Flash for Mobile Applications

Steve Jobs is an extremely well known amongst many people, especially after the release of iPhone and the iPad. For those who do not know, he is the co founder as well as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the world famous company, Apple. He was previously the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, which is also a very prominent company in the practical world. The Apple Company is extremely popular and a range of its products are used in all parts of the country. Some of the very famous Apple products are the iPod, the iPad, the iPhone and the MacBook. All of these devices house extremely powerful processors and are pioneer devices in whatever they provide. The MacBook is an extremely powerful laptop providing high end connectivity as well as graphics and has completely changed the image of a normal laptop. However, apart from the MacBook, all Apple devices such as the iPod, the iPad, the iPhone do not support flash and because of the non addition of this feature, the company has suffered a lot of criticism.

Steve Jobs, has written an open letter to the world to describe and explain its decioin of not supporting Flash plug-ins for its devices. The beginning of the letter entails with the relationship that Apple has enjoyed with Adobe and the amount of success they have enjoyed over a brief span of time. The point of note here is also the fact that when Apple was on the verge of fading into oblivion back in the 1990s, Adobe did not come to its rescue. However, he then puts away the petty issues aside and comes down to the point of the whole article, which is the exclusion of flash devices from all Apple devices. He also shuns the claim made by Adobe that Flash is open by saying that even though all Flash products are the sole property of Adobe and sold extensively in various places, it still does not mean that they are an open product as they are still under Adobe’s control and can be availed only from Adobe.

Steve Jobs then goes on to say that Apple devices support the HTML 5 option as it is completely free and controlled by a standards committee, and Apple is a member of that committee. He also denies the claims made by Adobe that all Apple devices can access just seventy five percent of the Internet as usually all videos are in Flash, which Apple does not support. In the letter he says that what Adobe failed to point out that all of the video formats can now be viewed in a more modern and compatible format, which is the H.264, which can be easily viewed on all iPads, iPods and iPhones. He then goes out to point out that flash leeches battery life twice as fast and is not a viable option for avid video viewers, as no one likes constant recharging on their batteries.

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