Earlier today, Steve Jobs pulled out a
shotgun and fired
away at Adobe at point-blank range. Jobs laid out a six-point
plan of attack detailing why Adobe Flash is detrimental to the Mac
and iPhone/iPod touch/iPad mobile platforms and why the web should
just let the "proprietary standard" die.
Well, we knew that Adobe wasn't just
gonna let Jobs' barbs fly without a response -- and like clockwork,
Adobe's CEO has answered back. The Wall Street Journal's Alan
Murray interviewed Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen about Jobs' comments
and here are a few of the highlights:
Interestingly, Narayen doesn't make any
mention of HTML5 which Jobs suggests that developers use to crush
Adobe Flash. You can view the full interview here at the WSJ's
quote: And do you know or understand why any one application might cause an increase in battery life? Seriously, so many people who either love Apple or hate Adobe(or Microsoft) try to use clearly bogus or misleading claims to back up their perspective, without there being enough evidence to make for an airtight case.
quote: Anyway we all know the reason they don't want flash on the iP*d - then people could write flash apps for free and cut Apple out of their $$ from the app store.
quote: Go to any major mall with your alienware and Ill show up with my Core i7 MBP and we will ask all the pretty girls which they like better.
quote: Not that I agree with Apple's stance, you can't just wave your hand and say "it's good for consumers" and then be angry when your consumers don't agree. By the same token, you could make arguments very similar to Job's against the use of gifs, mp3s, mpeg, HDMI cables, dvds, blu-rays, and any number of other things, all of which Apple devices support.