Apple CEO Steve Jobs was right about Adobe’s Flash

“I’m not sure given the huge success of the iPad and the iPhone that I can really tear apart Thoughts on Flash from a pure business perpective at this juncture,” Jason Perlow writes for ZDNet. “A year ago, many of us had some doubts that the iPad would be able to penetrate the the market with a clear abscence of such an important web standard built into the device. We were wrong.”

“Clearly, despite which many critics in and outside the tech industry regarded as the device’s prime limitation (myself included at the time) the products have been doing exceptionally well,” Perlow writes. “This hasn’t stopped of course the various industry competitors from coming out with Flash-compatibile devices. Adobe has continued to develop Flash 10.2 for Android, first releasing for Froyo (2.2) and Gingerbread (2.3) smartphones and recently for Honeycomb (3.0) tablets. This was also followed by a release of Abobe AIR 2.x on Android for deploying stand-alone Flash apps as well.”

“But the software on Android hasn’t been without its problems. Many Android phones currently on the market and the first crop of Froyo-based tablets aren’t really powerful enough to run Flash-enabled web pages effectively,” Perlow writes. “While Flash ‘runs’ it tends to bog down the OS, and many Android smartphone users turn the plugin off unless specific content needs to be viewed.”

Perlow writes, “Steve Jobs’ predictions on how Flash would affect the mobile experience have effectively turned out to be correct.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The absence of Adobe’s antiquated, piggish Flash on iOS devices is a benefit.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Adobe warns of major exploit in Flash 10.2 for Android, desktops; iOS users unaffected – April 12, 2011
Adobe inflicts Flash 10.2 beta; Android phone ‘chokes’ on test video – March 18, 2011
Adobe Flash hit with new ‘critical’ zero-day attack; iOS users unaffected – March 15, 2011
Steve Jobs posts rare open letter: Thoughts on Flash – April 29, 2010


  1. they should have just took a note from the Playbook browser make an option to turn it on for those who want it even if it reduces battery life or turn it off for people who don’t care and want longer use. Not so hard to figure out. A win win that way and everyone walks away satisfied.

  2. Of course Steve Jobs was right. Also I disagree that having an option for flash in iOS is the way to go. Apple is leveraging this to kill flash and let tech move forward. They may have lost that battle with the minority of users who want the flash option, but they are winning the war.
    That’s what counts.

  3. I don’t have an Android phone, but is their solution to Flash content honestly not smarter then Apple’s? Why not simply have an option to choose with iPhone? If you want to check out a flash animation or video, you turn it on. Once you view the website’s flash content, you can turn it off. Seriously, what’s wrong with this idea?

    1. Because most of the population that has iOS devices are not as tech savvy as most of us here. Flash would be enabled and they would be flooding the return counters at the Apple Store, Genius Bars and AppleCare phone lines about sucky battery life and slow processor speeds. If Apple put something on the phone they want to make sure the experience is nothing less than optimal. If flash is available, it shows that they support it, even though it is not optimal.

    2. “Seriously, what’s wrong with this idea?”

      Flash wouldn’t die and the internet would remain shackled to Adobe. That’s what’s wrong with your idea.

      Do you seriously want a proprietary plug-in made by atrociously unskilled programmers to be a web standard?

  4. “such an important web standard built into the device. We were wrong.”

    Very wrong!

    Ha. Important web standard…. You “no clue” Jason Perlow.

  5. @Andy Royd
    You think it would be smarter to enable an unnecessary system/battery hog for those users who don’t know any better, and who will then blame Apple for their crappy system performance and non-existent battery life.

    Good thinking. By the same logic, cars should have the necessary rigging for a team of horses and a hand-crank.

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