Jobs Asks WSJ To Ditch Flash For iPad?

According to sources in the know about the event, Steve Jobs suggested to the Wall Street Journal that they should ditch Flash, saying that not only was it a “CPU hog” that woudl shorten the iPad’s battery life from 10 hours to 1.5, but was also full of “security holes” and is a dying technology.

The meeting supposedly took place on the third floor of the News Corporation building in New York during a meeting with executives. The WSJ, like many other newspapers, relies on Flash for things like video, slide shows and interactive infographics. Steve Jobs reportedly wants them to ditch it because it would run less well on the iPad. Part of his argument was that Flash is crummy and out the door anyhow, making it something they didn’t feel the need to support. “We don’t spend a lot of energy on old technology.”

He suggested ditching flash would be “trivial”, implying that replacing Flash for things other than video would be simple. 

That’s probably not entirely accurate. Re-writing it all in HTML and Javascript would take a lot of time and effort, even if it would be great for advancing HTML5.

[via Gawker]


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