Ah, what can you say about Steve Jobs? Visionary, genius, rabblerouser, hell some folks would describe him as bats**t crazy. However you choose to describe him, one things for sure, he’s entertaining as all get out. With the unveiling of the tragically named iPad Jobs has once again thrust himself into the spotlight. Not for the gadget, but for his very public criticism of Adobe Flash.
Since the live demonstration of the iPad, where he inadvertently navigated to a page that utilized Flash, Jobs has been on the war path, calling the popular multimedia platform “buggy and slow” while dubbing Adobe “lazy”.
They are lazy,” said Jobs. “They have the potential to do interesting things but they refuse to do it,” he said. “Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy… Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash…The world is moving to HTML5.”
Citing HTML5 as the wave of the future, Jobs is ready to put Flash out to the digital pasture. While it’s true that Vimeo and YouTube have rolled out HTML5 betas on their sites, that by no means that Flash is out of the game yet. As we all know just because something is in beta, it doesn’t necessarily mean that were going to see a full-blown, QA-tested product launch anytime soon.
When the populace pointed that out, Jobs changed tactics, saying that running Flash on the iPad would put a major drain on the iPad’s battery, cutting it down from 10 hours to a measly 1.5. Huh? Really? (Side eye at Jobs) Wouldn’t running any video or playing any high level gaming experience put a strain on the battery life? Why with all the subterfuge? What exactly is Steve Jobs’ deal?
According to the folks at Flash, it’s all very simple. It’s about that old mighty dollar. Adobe Product Manager Adrian Ludwig pointed out that all the developers creating Flash-based free games and apps run in direct competition to Apple’s pay-for-play formula in the app store. As far as the claim that Flash is a major power drain, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch had his own shots for the Apple throne.
“With Flash Player 10.1, we are optimizing video rendering further on the Mac and expect to reduce CPU usage by half, bringing Mac and Windows closer to parity for video.”
In the meantime, Adobe is reportedly whipping up a workaround so developers can keep creating their Flash-based widgets, games, and apps. So while Flash won’t be on the iPad party guest list, expect to see it crashing the party in grand style.