Originally posted on 1-23-2011
I keep reading about people bitching about Steve Jobs not allowing flash on iOS (iPad) like he is some mean dictator, mostly it’s from people who don’t have an iPad, well I have a few things say about that. First your bitching at the wrong person/company! You should be complaining to websites to change to non-flash and also Adobe for writing crappy software. You complain about how they are not an open system, Flash is closed and proprietary, yet you conveniently forget that they are adopting the open HTML 5 format over the closed Flash. I didn’t see people clamoring at Google because Android didn’t have flash at the time the iPad came out even now it’s still crap.
Apple has great visions and they are willing to stand up and take the hits for their decisions while innovating and moving the industry forward. One of their main concerns is giving the user a great experience and making it easy for the average consumer to use it along with consistency. How many of you miss the floppy disk? Apple was the first one to remove it from their line of computers, big complaints when they did that, Flash will be the same way some day.
Apple gave Adobe a chance to write flash for the iPad and they could make the software run satisfactory, which isn’t surprising. Do you want something that cuts the battery life almost in half just to view websites?
Flash was good in the early days of the web but now we have CSS and other open standards and soon HTML 5, Flash is hardly needed at all. Flash is also design for the mouse, like mousing over something, you can’t do that on a touch screen. So even if you have flash on your pad you still can’t deal with sites that makes use of mouse overs, so the site designers would have to redo their site anyway, so ditch flash then.
Shortly after Steve said the reasons behind not supporting flash, one of them being security, Adobe had 3 security holes in Flash and had to come out with patches. Take a look at PDF reader, Adobe re-wrote that to use sand-boxing so it will be more secure, and they couldn’t even get that right, a hole has been already found. I have no trust in their abilities.
As for flash being supported on Android tablets, I would be very leery. I suspect that when there are a lot of these out there hackers will start looking at flash as a way to gain access to your information and given Adobe’s track record it probably wont be too hard. Since Android is so open, a rouge program has access to everything. There is even a program that will listen to your credit card number either by touch tone or even if you say your card number.
I for one don’t miss flash and I specially don’t miss those very annoying and stupid ads. To me battery life is more important than seeing a site with flash. If i run across a website with flash I just move on. If it’s something I really need to see then I’ll find it some place else or use the laptop and after 9 months of using the iPad, I haven’t had to do that yet. As for flash games, what’s the point, there are a lot of games for iOS and I don’t have to be connected to the internet to play it, saving even more power.
Apple sold over 14 Million iPads add to that all the iPhones and iPods that they have sold and probably sell over 40 million more this year, that’s a lot of users. As a website owner you’re not going to ignore all those users and additional revenue, you’re going to think twice about using Flash.
Tell someone they can’t have something and that’s what they focus on, trust me your not going to miss it or very little and as time goes on Flash will become less important and less used.