Though he has never come out against it publicly, Steve Jobs seems to be championing a move away from Adobe’s Flash technology, the latest action being revealed by Gawker today. According to their sources, Jobs told the Wall Street Journal executives meeting on the third floor of the News Corp building:
Jobs was brazen in his dismissal of Flash, people familiar with the meeting tell us. He repeated what he said at an Apple Town Hall recently, that Flash crashes Macs and is buggy. But he also called Flash a “CPU hog,” a source of “security holes” and, in perhaps the most grievous insult an famous innovator can utter, a dying technology. Jobs said of Flash, “We don’t spend a lot of energy on old technology.” He then compared Flash to other obsolete systems Apple got people to ditch….
… like the floppy drive, famously absent in iMac,
…. old data ports, including even Apple’s own FireWire 400, gone from iPods and now all Macbooks,
….LCD screens, now entirely replaced in Apple’s lineup by LEDs (except for 30-inch Cinema Displays),
…and even the CD, with Jobs apparently crediting Apple’s iPod, iTunes Store, CD-ripping software and “Rip, Mix, Burn” campaign with doing in the old music medium (sort of: though CD sales are in free fall, around 300 million were sold last year in the U.S. alone, 80 percent of all albums).
Jobs even claimed the iPad’s battery performance would be degraded from 10 hours to 1.5 hours if it had to spend its CPU cycles decoding Flash, we’re told.
Jobs supposedly told an Apple Town Hall meeting that Adobe was lazy and Flash was an inferior product last month. Apple has also kept Adobe’s Flash technology out of any of its iPhoneOS software.
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