Steve Jobs kills all known Flash - DEAD!

Claire Stokoe

Well, it's on all the toilet walls, Apples CEO Steve Jobs gave a damning report of Adobe's Flash product during the launch of Apples new ipad last week. He called Adobe "lazy" and confirmed that ipad's would not feature flash - ever "so there!". He also had a go at Google's slogan of "don’t be evil" saying "It’s bullshit", ooh he was in a testy mood.

Apple Hates Flash -

It really wasn't much of a news 'flash', after all the ipod and iphone have never supported flash, but i think the confirmation that it would never be an option, has got a whole bunch of people flustered. Job's rant about Abode i feel was more of a disappointment in their lack of progress than a callous attack, he said that;

They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.

But is it's all just a FLASH in the ipad? (sorry)

I hate to look at one side of the story, even if i am a huge Apple fan and live for my iphone... the idea that something so established as Flash is too buggy to work on the iphone, ipod or ipad yet works perfectly on big names like Google, Nokia and HTC.. does ask the quesions, why not Apple?

Adobe doesn't hate Apple -

In an interview with cultofmac Adrian Ludwig, an Adobe group product manager for Flash, explains his reasoning behind the exclusion of Flash on the ipad and it's mobile cousins.

I will include some of the interview,  a link to the entire post is above;

“It’s pretty clear if you connect the dots: the issue is about revenue,” says Adrian Ludwig, an Adobe group product manager for Flash, during a telephone interview on Friday afternoon.

“We’ve been seeing great performance on similar devices,” Ludwig said. “The hardware is very capable.”

But Ludwig notes that if Flash were available on the iPad, users could watch TV shows on Hulu for free instead of buying them through iTunes. Likewise, users could play some of the hundreds of Flash games on sites like Miniclip, instead of buying games through the App Store, on which Apple takes a 30% cut of every sale.

“Apple has eliminated any way to get content on the device that they don’t own,” says Ludwig. “Apple is keeping the device closed to protect their revenue streams.”

Ludwig notes that other companies’ technologies that could be used to serve content or games are also excluded — Java, Ruby, Python and .Net.

Ludwig says Adobe has been working closely with Apple on Flash for the iPhone (he didn’t say if or when it would ship), but wasn’t aware Apple had tested it on the iPad.

“We haven’t received any communication that they are testing Flash on the iPad or any feedback about its performance,” Ludwig says. “If there’s any truth that it’s buggy, I’d love to help them out.”

What has been raised is that Flash may have to change, and if Ludwig's comments are anything to go by, they are happy to do this, so why then aren't we seeing a resolution?.

What the hell has HTML 5 got to do with flash? -

Basically it's flash without the temporary patches if comments i have seen flying around have any substance. It's also looking pretty promising for Google's Android if Scobleizer is right, because HTML 5 means that such things as desktop plug-ins that have been required for video and audio will be built into browsers with HTML 5.

I'm not going to go into what HTML 5 is because I'm not a coder so it's just not that sexy to me, what i will say though is that, if Google don't extend a helping hand to Flash, then i doubt that they will be able to stay afloat on their Nokia relationship, considering people aren't really creating apps for the nokia.

Here is what Google think of HTML 5

If you are interested you can listen to these interviews with Scobleizer about @flash_platform and @palm and @Silverlight with @lkilpatrick at Half Moon Bay Ritz.

Also an interview by Scobleizer with an ipad app developer about the future of Flash- ths is really interesting

Is Flash DEAD? -

So, ok I'm going to go out on a limb here .. Flash won't exist in 2013 people will only be using Apple technology, new technology that Adobe have had to upgrade to and HTML5 or one of it's cousins.

There we are .... "Cry havoc and let slip the squirrels of war!"

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