a handful of iPhone users what they would most like to see happen for
the handset, and many of them would say support for Flash. Adobe
Flash support is famously missing in Apple devices, which has led to
a lot of back and forth between Adobe, Apple, and Steve Jobs.Adobe
is still fighting Apple and Jobs to get Flash onto Apple devices and
has resorted to using more open letters in an attempt to shame Apple
into supporting Flash. One of the letters carried the headline We
"Heart" Choice and outlines how the company
believes that the internet should be open and developers should be
allowed to develop with any platform they want. Adobe believes that
an open internet is the only way forward, and many would agree. That
is with the exception of Steve Jobs who calls Flash a proprietary
system and sees HTML5 as an open source option. Adobe notes in a statement on its website:
We believe open markets that allow developers, publishers, and consumers to make their own choices about how they create, distribute, and access content are essential to progress. That's why we actively support technologies like HTML4, HTML5, CSS, and H.264, in addition to our own technologies.
Adobe also claims in its open letter that it is big on sharing the code behind many of its offerings and services. Adobe, Nokia, Palm, and other major companies banded together in late 2009 on the Open Screen project to urge an open internet that is accessible on all manner of devices in the same ways. Apple on the other hand is as closed to outside developers and innovation as Adobe is open to it.Adobe founders
Chuck Geschke and John Warnock published
their own letter, specifically calling Apple out. The letter
states, "We believe that Apple, by taking the opposite approach
[to openness], has taken a step that could undermine this next
chapter of the web — the chapter in which mobile devices outnumber
computers, any individual can be a publisher, and content is accessed
anywhere and at any time." The letter continues, " In the
end, we believe the question is really this: Who controls the World
Wide Web? And we believe the answer is: nobody — and everybody, but
certainly not a single company."
Jobs published an open
letter in April 2010 where he came down against Flash in a
big way and pushed the adoption of HTML5.
quote: It is 100% because you could make a Flash app that could replace what you buy from the App Store. For free
quote: The HTC Incredible uses similar, but not an identical SoC to what’s in the Nexus One. The Nexus One uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon QSD8250 SoC, while the Incredible uses the QSD8650. The primary difference between the two is the cellular modem. While the 8650 supports both GSM and CDMA based standards, the 8250 is strictly GSM.
quote: Adobe doesn't want people creating apps instead of Flash sites, but that is what's happening.
quote: Instead of an Iron Man 6 site, you'll get an Iron Man 6 app. This is what terrifies Adobe.
quote: Apple's App Store = Closed (and closely policed)
quote: Apple's App Store is the first true competitor and threat to the Web.
quote: Apple made a critical mistake by supporting the Web on their mobile devices.
quote: Apple made a critical mistake by supporting the Web on their mobile devices. They should have released them without a Web browser, like the Xbox 360. They wouldn't be dealing with this nonsense now if they had.