Steve Job’s Thoughts On Flash

Steve Jobs rarely writes a blog post or article. But when he does with his 1864 words [“Thoughts On Flash”](, it is talking point for the whole tech industry. In the article, Mr Jobs explains why Apple has not supported Adobe Flash on Apple’s mobile devices, slamming Flash for being created for PC era and not suitable for low power devices with touch interface. As usual, he attacks Flash for being proprietary and not embracing open web standards such as HTML5. And Flash has the worst security records in 2009 according to Symantec. Probably one thing that annoys him is Adobe is slow to enhance products for Apple’s platforms, citing Adobe only adopt Cocoa in Mac OS X two weeks ago with CS5 which is 10 years after Cocoa being made available.

Here is the quote for the article conclusion:

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

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. And the 200,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.