Steve Jobs has posted an open letter on Apple’s website regarding Adobe’s Flash. Below is an exclusive summary of the six key points as to why Flash is not supported on iPhone OS.
- Apple says Flash isn’t “open”
Apple notes that Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary meaning that they are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc.
- Adobe claims iPhone OS cannot access the “full web”
- Reliability, Security, Performance
Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. Flash is the number one reason why Macs crash. Flash does not run well on mobile devices.
- Battery life
Flash requires that videos be encoded through software rather than hardware which gives you about half the battery life.
- “The most important reason”
Apple isn’t too fond of having third party development tools. Especially if it’s cross-platform.
The full-length letter can be found across the jump.