the wake of the iPad
launch, Apple CEO Steven P. Jobs launched into a
cross-country media tour. Even as his much ballyhooed tablet
was being picked
apart by critics who questioned its ability to serve as a
competent eBook reader, Mr. Jobs visited The
Wall Street Journal and
other major news industry players in an effort to boost the device's
public perception.However, Mr. Jobs found the folks at
the WSJ were
asking him the same question, a question that had infuriated him time
after time -- "Why doesn't the i<device> have
devices boycott of Flash, one of the most widely used internet
formats, is close to extraordinary. Even Microsoft, who has its
own competitive format (Silverlight) has cooperated with Adobe in
ensuring Flash runs smoothly on Windows PCs and is ported to Windows
smartphones. Apple, meanwhile, has been almost the only major
player to play the role of Flash obstructionist.Apple has its
reasons. Flash on a base level provides a very real threat to
Apple's lucrative App Store, one of the key things that it uses to
differentiate the iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad from its competitors.
If Apple adopted Flash, many of its developers could move to Flash
which would free them of the restrictions of Apple's App Store
approval process. And that would ultimately ruin the
exclusivity of Apple's app catalog and make Apple vulnerable to
handsets with superior hardware. Also, with Flash customers
could simply view TV episodes from Hulu for free, rather than buy
them from Apple's iTunes store.To try to obscure this fact,
Mr. Jobs has stepped
up his attacks on the format. At the WSJ
he reportedly called Flash a "CPU hog" and a source of
"security holes." And he smartly jabbed, "We
don't spend a lot of energy on old technology."He then
claimed that Apple was responsible for getting people to abandon a
host of technologies including floppy drives (by lack of inclusion in
the iMac), old data ports (including its own), CCFL-backlit LCD
screens (Apple now uses LED backlighting), and, most questionably,
CDs (he says CDs are dying due to Apple's iPod, iTunes Store,
CD-ripping software and the "Rip, Mix, Burn" campaign).
The reality distortion field seems particularly in full blast with
the last claim, as there were 300 million CDs sold last year (that's
80 percent of all album sales industry-wide).He followed
those dubious claims with another. Apple will get people to
abandon Flash.Flash, he argues is simply no good. It
crashes Macs (granted, Macs have had plenty
of problems recently with nary a Flash app in sight) and runs too
slow for his tastes. He also claims that Flash would reduce the
iPad's battery life from 10 hours to 1.5 hours.He says it
would be "trivial" for online content providers to bow to
Apple's will and replace Flash content with H.264 video codecs.
To an extent he may be right on this point -- the H.264+HTML5
movement is gaining momentum. However, even here Apple is
trying to control what is and isn't allowed. HTML 5 can also be
made to support the free Ogg Theora codecs, but Apple has tried to
block that, in favor of the expensive, proprietary H.264 format, a
source of a growing
squabble. Ultimately, regardless of which format is
embraced HTML5, though, seems unlikely to be able to offer as deep
user input and particularly the graphics-generation libraries as
quote: "Web" and "Internet" aren't synonyms
quote: I still don't understand how does apple app store replace web?
quote: Dude, your iPhone uses its connection to the INTERNET to access the App Store.
quote: They're thriving in one of the worst economic periods in history without relying on a monopoly, like Microsoft and Google do.
quote: It just more supported by Third party developers.
quote: IPAD isn't even a full fledged computer
quote: The Windows monopoly prevents MacOS X and Linux from gaining significant market share.
quote: A mass-scale closed platform would be impossible to establish.
quote: Apple are already having a hard time stopping a 20 year old from allowing for jailbreaking their iPhones.
quote: There won't be just one closed platform, there will be many.
quote: People use the open PC and Internet to hack closed-platform devices. Closing the PC and Internet would stop that.
quote: The cancellation of Alan Wake on the PC is further evidence that open platforms are unsustainable.
quote: Wow... where are you pulling your facts from?
quote: The reason why closed platforms for gaming is that its easily accessable. You turn it on and play. While a computer game is more complicated
quote: That's exactly the reason why Apple products are so popular
quote: reader1 has posted a total of 578 comments at DailyTech, the average comment rating was -0.10.
quote: That's too complicated for most people.
quote: 1. Have you ever written a shell script? Do you understand what this line does "find . -name '*.xhtml' | xargs egrep '\bfindByName\b'?
quote: 2. How do you read a pdf file in windows? Do you have to install Acrobat Reader? In os x you don't. It is built into the OS. You can see the contents of a pdf document without even opening the file.
quote: 3. Have you ever tried all the functionality of the macbook trackpad?
quote: 4. Or for that matter have you ever really tried to use an apple computer? I have used a pc for the most of my career, and I still use it where I *have* to.
quote: 5. Do you know that proportionally more engineers at google use mac than a pc?
quote: Or for that matter have you ever really tried to use an apple computer?
quote: Do you know that proportionally more engineers at google use mac than a pc?
quote: Jobs is not the tool, he is the master manipulator. It's his worshipers that are tools, and they make up the majority of Apple customers.
quote: and its interface frequently locks up and freezes while running apps or on You Tube.
quote: Jobs is just using Flash crashing as an excuse, as the article alludes to, to cordon off his devices to only be able to download applications exclusively through the Apple store.
quote: Adobe / Flash certainly are. And the Flash code *is* slow / buggy and insecure, that's a well documented fact.
quote: As crappy as Flash is, it represents an open standard, which Apple is trying to drive out for it's own benefit. We, the consumer, will be the ones left in the dust.
quote: If Apple get their way, Flash won't
quote: In fact they are one of the most capitalist companies around.
quote: Jobs is just using Flash crashing as an excuse
quote: Take away all those apps, and you have an INFERIOR phone with a touch screen.
quote: why does anyone buy crap from this tool?
quote: lets not ignore the fact that MS is the richest company
quote: If Apple had to support 10's of thousands of differnt pieces hardware from 1000's of different vendors
quote: The fact that you even think that Apple is in the same ball park as MS in terms of revenue shows that your either insane or blind.
quote: I am scared
quote: what is your angle?
quote: you ignore anything negative about Apple and exaggerate anything negative about MS
quote: don't pretend being an idiot, it's OEM's who support all this hardware zoo by writing things called DRIVERS and you know it :P
quote: Microsoft gets the verbal axe
quote: The main point is that MS supports the OS that supports the drivers
quote: the Mac is proprietary.
quote: Their OS may be proprietary
quote: go to newegg.com or wherever you like to buy stuff and pick a random network card- put it in your MAc and see if it works
quote: the OS is a proprietary design, which happens to not be very nicely compatible with things they don't approve
quote: besides why should a company support huge market if it can support much smaller market while making kind of same huge amount of money? being focused instead of trying to go everywhere at the same time makes a good business sense now doesn't it?
quote: let's not ignore the fact that Apple's cash reserve is equal to MS's one
quote: he is proud that Apple overcharges him for the products he buys?
quote: People just don't know how to argue without taking it personally
quote: Not enough exercise for me ya know ;)
quote: Afraid to talk about revenue share instead of market share, PC fanatic? ;)
quote: Apple products are crap
quote: Job's is a fool
quote: Apple customers are idiots
quote: I hope Apple can help kill flash.
quote: Of course I know Flash uses CPU, not video card.
quote: I do LAN, servers, desktops & some programming and have over 20+ years experience on PCs.
quote: Adobe not only have Flash plug-in problems, it also has Acrobat plug-in problems that will hang your browsers. Don't believe me? Just Google.
quote: I guess you are the one don't know what you are talking about.
quote: You clearly don't have much experience with flash.
quote: And I handle them days in and days out. I know what program works and what doesn't.
quote: Sometimes I wonder how ancient these ppl's computers are who whine about flash. Yes it's CPU intensive, but good lord, it doesn't drag your entire system down. I have an old Core2 and I can still watch flash while playing WoW on my other monitor and have several other programs open at the same time.
quote: Google ANY product, no matter how polished, and you will find complaints from some people. Big deal
quote: You PC fanatics suddenly forget about that "every polished product may have some manufacturing defects early on" thing of reason when you see an Apple logo :))
quote: When the Ipad sells like hotcakes
quote: this iteration of the iPad is seriously lacking in quite a few ways
quote: Just like the first iPhone did :P
quote: What's good isn't always popular; what's popular isn't always good
quote: Granted HTML5 will replace flash for video, that one is a given but HTML5 is not going to replace it for everything.
quote: Actually make people use a standard, which is better in the end.