My take on Apple vs. Adobe Flash player
All this recent fuss growing in the last months that peaked (and is still peaking) when iPad came out and people quickly saw that it too – much like iPhone – does not play Flash is driving me mad.
Why? Read on.
There are two reasons why is that so, you decide which one is more important.
Reason one is that Flash player and capabilities Flash as technology offers are a direct threat to Apple App store. Majority of income through App store comes from retarded fart apps, silly games and simple Apps. The majority of those could be super-easily recreated in 5 minutes through Flash. This in turn means that pretty soon there would be websites that would start charging access to those applications, directly taking away money from App store. Would you pay $2,99 per month to have access to thousands of Flash games and apps, some of which are actually good? Yes, you would. Apple would never allow this sort of competition.
Reason two is Apple’s position as market leader to change things. To force people and companies to innovate. By refusing to enable Flash, Apple is forcing everyone involved to think different. Ha? See what I did there? If Flash was enabled on iOS devices, people would always just take the easy way out and develop something complex in Flash. HTML 5 standard would be stagnant, and develop pretty slowly.
Apple’s refusal to enable Flash gave you HTML 5 enabled YouTube. Do you think that YouTube would develop HTML 5 site if they could easily just serve it through Flash? No, they would not.
There are MANY projects already developed and under development in HTML 5 / CSS 3 just because Apple did not enable Flash. Lack of Flash is pushing the whole web-industry forward. In one or two years you will start seeing concrete results of that. Visit this crazy Pie Guy with iPhone and tell me would something like that even be considered outside of Flash, if Flash was iOS enabled? Play that game, see all the crazy features that are pure HTML/CSS. Screen shake, zooming, rotation, …
All technical reasons, such as “Flash is too slow” “Flash drains battery” are just not valid. Adobe in partnership with Apple could easily branch Flash player into two versions: Desktop and iOS, and in few months of development deliver Flash player that is super-smooth, does not drain battery, etc. Technical problems can always be solved through smart code. But what we are dealing here with is not technical problem. It is pure politics, money, and parallel with it – Apple’s desire to push things forward.
Flash has it’s uses, no doubt. But enabling Flash on iOS would give everyone the “easy ticket out” for every even a little bit complex project. Screw that. Lets go forward. Lets advance the technology.