Apple Boss Steve Jobs’ Open Letter Details Why Apple Decided to Go For a Flash Ban

April 29, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Wonder why Apple had been staying off Adobe Flash and other tools? The answer has never come through, until now. Apple boss Steve Jobs has posted a long letter in which he explains why Apple had shunned Flash.

The 1700 words he has written on the topic elaborate that open standards such as HTML5 and SVG vector graphics are the way to go and that Flash causes performance and reliability problems.

The open letter details that Flash is the number one reason as to why Macs crash! He goes on to add that even if iPhones, iPods and iPads ran Flash, it would not solve the problem that most Flash websites need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. He has also lashed out at Adobe saying that it isn’t “Adobe’s goal to help developers write the best iPhone, iPod and iPad apps. It is their goal to help developers write cross platform apps. And Adobe has been painfully slow to adopt enhancements to Apple’s platforms.”

In the letter he explains Apple’s decision to shun Adobe tools stems from the fact that it was bad for the smartphone era as it doesn’t support multi-touch systems. Further, it speeds up the drying up of battery life unnecessarily, writes Jobs. Read the full letter here.

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