Apple and Flash: more punches fly

There are some people – you may know a few yourself – that, when they get angry, their ire is up and their hackles are raised, it takes them a while to settle back down. Yesterday, the normally reticent Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, was busy trading punches with Google about open/closed systems while Google announced the full Adobe support for Flash on all Android phones.

So what does Jobs do next? Why, yes, have a pop at Flash. It’s featured within the ‘PC-like’ Android so what’s not to hate? “Adobe's Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc,” ranted Jobs in a long, anti-Flash, statement designed to defend the Flash-less iPhone and attack the Flash-rich Android OS. This from a man about to launch iPhone OS 4.0: a system so closed, it comes with its own chocolate crowbar.

Next? “Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009,” good point or scaremongering covering up Apple’s inability to secure its own OS?

And then, “We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash,” Are we talking Macs or iPhones here?

Then there’s claims on battery life, “The difference is striking: on an iPhone, for example, H.264 videos play for up to 10 hours, while videos decoded in software (i.e. Flash) play for less than 5 hours before the battery is fully drained.” What happened to user choice?

And the rant continued…

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