Patrick Klepek, writing for Kotaku last month:
Basically, people want to kill Flash on the web. Before he died,
former Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously wrote an open letter to Adobe
about why the iPhone wouldn’t support Flash. He spent hundreds of
words explaining his reasoning, but here’s the summary: Flash
“Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst
security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is
the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe
to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years
now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our
iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.
Jobs was mostly right. But while Flash might suck, that doesn’t
mean it’s not vital or important.
Jobs wasn’t “mostly” right. He was totally and completely right about Flash.
“Steve Jobs and his ‘reality distortion field’ was probably the
worst thing to happen to Flash,” said Newgrounds co-founder Tom
Fulp. “There were valid concerns about the security of Flash but
the reality was that Steve had an ax to grind with Adobe ever
since they didn’t have his back when he returned as the head of
Apple. […] But he was a dick, so that’s how it goes.”
This is just delusional. People who see themselves as being tied to Flash — either because they’re Flash developers or because they run websites that heavily rely upon it — are kidding themselves if they think Flash’s demise is the result of some sort of personal, petty vendetta on the part of Steve Jobs.
Flash’s decline was mostly certainly precipitated by iOS’s extraordinary popularity and Apple’s steadfast refusal to support it, but Apple’s opposition to Flash was first and foremost on technical grounds — terrible security, terrible performance.
★ Wednesday, 19 August 2015