And here’s the long version as to why Adobe’s Flash is wrong for mobile devices. A few points from Thoughts on Flash by Steve Jobs:
- Flash is not reliable, not secure and requires an enormous amount of hardware capabilities. “We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it.” Steve also mentioned that “Flash is the number on reason Macs crash.” And that is the number one reason why Flash needs to get my permission to run every time.
- Dependence on Adobe is bad. Here’s Steve again: “If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features.”
Like Steve, I have not seen Flash work on a mobile device. That doesn’t mean that it can’t or won’t. Adobe needs to not respond to Apple with words but rather actions and showcase shipping devices and how well they can run Flash.