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Apple boss Steve Jobs explains ban on Flash

Alex Christie

11 May 2010

Steve Jobs recently published an open letter defending Apple’s decision not to allow Flash on many of the firm’s products.

Neither the iPod, iPhone nor iPad can run the software despite the widespread use of Flash technology on websites for video and animations. Jobs said Flash was made for an era of “PCs and mice” and performed poorly when translated to run on touchscreen smartphones and handheld devices.

The head of Adobe called the highlighted problems “a smokescreen”.

In his lengthy open letter titled Thoughts on Flash, Mr Jobs said the reason Apple did not want people to use Adobe’s automatic translation tools was because experience had shown it results in “sub-standard apps”.

He described Flash as a closed system and said that it was bad for the smartphone era because it did not support multi-touch systems and drained battery power unnecessarily.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. The Apple boss added that Flash fell short on security and was “the number one reason Macs crash”.

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