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Apple has been critical of Adobe's Flash technologies for quite some time. In fact, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs published an "open letter" in April, bashing Flash for being a closed system and proprietary in nature. The company has been a strong proponent of HTML5 as an open source alternative to Flash.

Jobs was also critical of its power consumption when used in iPhones: "Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice… But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short."

The company has now declared war on Adobe, stating that it will no longer pre-install Adobe's Flash software on any of its products, including the latest iteration of the MacBook Air launched last week.

However, Apple is saying that this move is due to security issues rather than politics. The firm states that there was a risk of accidentally distributing obsolete versions by pre-installing Flash. The onus will now be on Mac users to download the most up-to-date version of the software themselves.

Apple points to a recent incident when an obsolete version of Flash with several known security vulnerabilities shipped with OS X 10.6, known as Snow Leopard. Similar thinking about security recently led the company to deprecate its own version of Java in favor of versions distributed by Oracle.

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pot meet kettle
By kattanna on 10/26/2010 12:35:59 PM , Rating: 4
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs published an "open letter" in April, bashing Flash for being a closed system and proprietary in nature

LOL thats rich, the people behind iTunes, a very closed and proprietary system, whining that others are like them.

RE: pot meet kettle
By morphologia on 10/27/2010 3:14:17 PM , Rating: 2
Steve published that "open letter" from deep within his citadel in the Walled Garden of Cupertino.

RE: pot meet kettle
By roadhog1974 on 10/28/2010 9:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
convienently avoiding context aren't you?
probably you didn't read the letter.

His jobsness, was pointing out that it would be better
that the internet be based around an open protocol
such as html5 implemented by multiple vendors on
multilple platforms rather than a proprietry
product promulgated by a single vendor.

Don't compare iTuna, rather critque apples support
for h.264 over an open, patent free, video codec.

Personally I would like html to operate like OpenGL,
absorbing features that flash and silverlight come
up with and flash and silverlight become extensions
rather than replacements for html. But no company
has been that interested in pushing html since netscape

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