Jobs Posts Open Letter Regarding Flash

Steve Jobs doesn’t make it a frequent habit to post his feelings on the Apple website. So when he does, it’s a big deal. One of the most notable open letters published may have single handedly put an end to DRM. That particular rant was not against any single company, but an idea. Today, however, Jobs has posted a strong letter that is directed at Adobe, specifically Flash.

Jobs starts out by refuting several claims from Adobe, such as Flash being open and Mobile Safari not providing the “full web” by not offering Flash. He uses five paragraphs to simply say it’s bunk. As for games, he admits it’s true that Apple devices can’t play Flash games, but then brags that it doesn’t matter because of the number of games available for the iPhone and iPad in the App Store. The letter goes on to bash Flash for having a history of horrible security, reliability, and performance.
According to Jobs though, the most important reason is about the developers.

We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform. If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.

It’s no secret that Flash has been slowly losing relevancy on the web. Countless news stories point to “the final nail on the coffin,” but it is possible that Apple just posted the obituary for Flash today their web site.

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