Adobe Responds To Steve Jobs, Says Flash Is “Ready” For iPhone

Earlier this week, Apple’s infamously opinionated CEO, Steve Jobs, allegedly said in a private company-wide employee town hall meeting that they weren’t putting Flash on the iPhone or iPad because Flash was still too buggy and insecure due to Adobe’s laziness. Adobe’s CTO, Kevin Lynch, responded to the claim in a lengthy blog post, in which he claims that Flash is “ready” for the iPhone and iPad.

One part of his argument is that, as many have also stated, the lack of Flash closes users off to lots of the content on the web:

Some have been surprised at the lack of inclusion of Flash Player on a recent magical device. Flash has been incredibly successful in its adoption, with over 85% of the top web sites containing Flash content and Flash running on over 98% of computers on the Web… It is used for the majority of casual games, video, and animation on the Web and familiar brands like Nike, Hulu, BBC, Major League Baseball, and more rely on Flash to deliver the most compelling experiences to over a billion people.

He continues later on to add that the adoption of Flash on many other mobile platforms, debunking Apple’s claim that it isn’t suitable for smartphones:

The Flash engineering team has taken this on with a major overhaul of the mainstream Flash Player for a variety of devices. We are now on the verge of delivering Flash Player 10.1 for smartphones with all but one of the top manufacturers. This includes Google’s Android, RIM’s Blackberry, Nokia, Palm Pre and many others across form factors including not only smartphones but also tablets, netbooks, and internet-connected TVs.

Lastly, he says that Adobe is “ready to enable Flash in the browser on [Apple’s] devices if and when Apple chooses to allow that for its users, but to date we have not had the required cooperation from Apple to make this happen.”

[via iLounge]


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