The Lifer: What's really behind Apple's war on Adobe Flash?



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"And it's a good month to dive in... Steve Jobs vs. Adobe's Flash."

Which month was that, February? March?

"On the Mac, Flash 10.1 isn’t scheduled to enable hardware acceleration..."

Shame that you -- or more specifically your editor -- missed today's news invalidating the entire paragraph and the one following.

"Perhaps Steve’s real beef with translated apps is that they can be made available to many devices..."

Well, yes, that's what he actually specifically said. Apps written in a cross-platform technology must always utilize nothing greater than the lowest common denominator of the combined platforms, resulting in OS and hardware functionality being retarded if the cross-platform technology becomes popular enough. You have read what Steve's actually said about this, haven't you?

"But divining Apple’s motives is mere speculation. And that’s not what I signed on for."

Why then did you spend the entire column doing so? No, seriously, how can this sentence make any sense in light of an entire column full of speculation about Apple's motives, with a headline of "What's really behind Apple's war on Adobe Flash?" No, really, I want to know, what can you possibly mean?



I was not at all surprised after reading this terrible article that the writer works for the register. The register regularly hosts uninformed, immature, and foolish commentary on Apple. They are having a hissy because Apple doesn't invite them to conferences you see.
This article is indicative of so many web based articles where the subject line is written first and then the rest of the story around the subject. The subject is there as link bait and page view bait.
What the author never mentions but undoubtedly knows is that Flash is a resource hog, is unstable, and a security sieve. Yet he barely mentions the resource issues except to discount it based on some nebulous comparison with HTML 5. Which tells me he knows nothing about video in HTML 5 or is pretending not to.
The he trots out Adobes standard lame excuse for why Flash on the Mac has been garbage for years which won't fly to anyone who actually knows something about the subject.
He is also laughingly wrong about how video acceleration works with the iPhone 4 and iPad. Do some research or will facts interfere with your narrative?
HTML 5 is an open standard and Apple adheres to plenty of open standards and has supported them by releasing an extensive amount of code to open source. Like webkit which is only the basis for most of the current web browsers out there including Google Chrome.
The author also needs to learn what "translated apps" really are because his paragraph on this subject is a mish mash of nonsensical sentences.
Apple doesn't want flash apps because they are free? Puh-lease. You really ran out of ideas with that one.
I think much less of Mac Life for publishing this drivel and hiring this guy. You got my page view this time but not again.



How long ago was this article written lol?

"But these hardware-acceleration APIs are for the Mac, not the iPhone/Pod/Pad’s upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 (which, by the way, needs a new name)."

iOS 4.0 is already out.

"On the Mac, Flash 10.1 isn’t scheduled to enable hardware acceleration because the programming hooks (or APIs, which stands for application programming interfaces) that are necessary for it were only introduced in Mac OS 10.6.3, released in late March.'

They enabled it just yesterday.

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