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Educate me people: what is Apple's true beef with Adobe and Flash? I understand holding to your principles and not actively supporting what you think is an inferior product. But when something's an industry standard that is on a high percentage of web content, isn't it severely limiting your web browsing options by not supporting it?



Date: 2010-04-11 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heypyro.livejournal.com
If you are simply talking about the iPhone, I think that adobe/flash/Java need to come out with plug ins for it to work. I'd spend $.99 for the plug in apps, but I wouldn't expect Apple to do the work for it.

Date: 2010-04-14 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elpay.livejournal.com
Yeah it sounds like somewhat of a pissing match between the two. To be fair, the Android OS and browser also don't support Flash or Adobe programs in general which is very frustrating.
Edited Date: 2010-04-14 03:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-04-11 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pretinama.livejournal.com
Flash works just fine on Macs. Just not on their mobile devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad). Personally I think it's odd but I guess they have their reasons. I have no idea what they are though!

Date: 2010-04-12 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eggwards.livejournal.com
Actually Flash does not work well on Mac desktops and laptops, the main reason being that Apple and it's closed API's and such are things that Apple won't disclose and allow Adobe to make calls to, making it harder for Flash to work with the core computer. Flash also is a memory and processor hog. This makes flash buggy and it slows and crashes the browser, whether it be Safari, Firefox, Opera or whatever.

Flash works better on PC's as Microsoft opens up their system to plug-ins.

For a few years Flash was still back in the 7 release for Macs while PC users got 8 and 9. As Mac hardware share started to grow again, Adobe resumed updating, but it's still not stable.

Apple does not want to allow Flash on the iPhone OS at all, because of the lower processing power of the chips and Apple's control of the user experience. Since Flash is thought by Apple as cheap programming, and they want to promote HTML5 as a better video experience, a better browsing experience, and a better use of computing resources, they believe keeping Flash off the iPhone OS is a positive step.

In deference to full disclosure, I am an Apple fan, so my few is colored.

Date: 2010-04-14 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elpay.livejournal.com
That makes more sense, given the buggy-ness and strain on resources. However it's still frustrating given how much Flash is tied into the web content out there, it makes the browsing experience feel incomplete, at least currently.
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