Standards are great when you want a standard product. Way to wage war on innovation Steve Jobs.April 29, 2010
First off, did anyone ever think that getting the Flash plug-in was hard to do? Or that Flash was stopping progress. No one thought that until Apple manufactured this issue. Think about it, why are the iPhone and iPad the only devices in the universe that have a problem here? It’s clear, the issue isn’t Flash.
Open standards are great. Until you want to do something open standards doesn’t support. I guess you can lobby a committee to update the standards and wait twelve years for them to change something. Adobe listens and responds to the community. Their product lifecycle is in response to the developers desire to advance what can be done. Every major version of Flash made innovation more accessible.
Flash is a better tool which is obvious to anyone who has experience, but banning the point of origin of your code has nothing to do with open standards and HTML5. Steve Job’s is using this to mask the real story. This is about controlling the development community.
What is the real story? Apple created WebKit. Something they are advocating everyone use. So they say don’t use Flash, use this thing we made instead. The altruistic open standards argument is a joke. There’s market share to be gained and that’s what the problem with Flash is. They want innovative developers to use tools that cater to Macs operating system so they won’t be creating things that work well on all systems.
And since Apple refuses to work with Abode when in comes to their closed operating system, it’s no wonder there are performance issues. This is Apple again manufacturing issues.
The security probelm? Here are two articles about Symantec retracting their statements about the Flash player:http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/146396/symantec_backtracks_on_adobe_flash_warning.html
The problems with HTML5 is that it’s not cross browser compliant, it not an actual specification yet (still a draft), and has no advanced authoring environment like Flash that was forged through years of understanding developers needs. HTML5 will never do as much as Flash can or as easily.
I will not be swayed by Apple’s greed or deception. The market decided to make Flash what it is. Steve Jobs is doing nothing more than trying to manipulate what people have organically chosen. And if the market moves towards HTML5 in a natural way, then fine. But we don’t need to be told what to think.