“Apple chief Steve Jobs isn’t a fan of Adobe’s Flash — and he released a letter Thursday explaining exactly why. He’s even got some of the Internet’s most popular destinations — The New York Times, Facebook, even NPR — working to strip Flash away from websites on the iPad,” NPR’s All Things Considered reports. “So why doesn’t Jobs like Flash?”
“Jobs says Adobe — not Apple — has a closed system because its products are 100 percent proprietary and this conflicts with Apple’s desire to use open standards for the Web,” NPR reports. “‘It’s purely technical. It’s not a very good program for mobile devices,” Leander Kahney, author of the biography Inside Steve’s Brain, tells host Guy Raz. “It’s a CPU hog and it drains battery life very quickly, so he doesn’t want it on it.”
“As recently as six months ago some technology experts thought Flash was would dominate Web multimedia,” NPR reports. “Now some are saying the technology is doomed.”
“This isn’t the first time Apple has taken aim at a mainstream technology,” NPR reports. “In the late 1990s, the floppy drive disappeared after Apple introduced the first iMac with its CD drive. And iTunes and the iPod have slashed sales of CDs.”
NPR reports, “Although Jobs is an intensely private person, Kahney thinks his intentions are good: ‘I think he is genuinely interested in crafting technology that is easy to use for consumers, and Flash wrecks that experience or has the potential to wreck that experience. And so, it’s gone. He’s just extremely ruthless about that.'”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]