10 years ago, Steve Jobs wrote an “obituary” to Adobe Flash and he was right

Tram Ho

Ten years ago, on April 29, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrote “Thoughts on Flash”, an open letter explaining why Adobe Flash is basically so bad. The letter that marked the beginning of the end for the plugin has been ubiquitous on internet browsers for years.

After this harsh criticism, Adobe CEO Chaianu Narayen responded back to Apple, arguing with Jobs’ complaints. But Apple’s CEO is clear and lucid that iOS devices will never support Flash.

Jobs spoke out about some serious problems with Flash. He said that it was draining the battery, causing computer problems and poor security. He also said the software did not work well on mobile devices because it did not support the touch device properly. Put simply, Jobs wrote that “Flash is no longer needed to watch videos or consume any kind of web content.”

Apple has also published this open letter signed by Steve Jobs on its website and is still present to this day. Interested people can come here to review: Thoughts on Flash | Apple .

According to Bob Burrough, Apple’s former software development director, the Cupertino-based company has been testing the ability to use Flash on iPhones. But Jobs did not believe that Adobe would adequately address software security issues.

However, Adobe boss has argued with Apple. He argued over allegations that Flash was bad for battery life and said that computer problems were the fault of Apple’s own software.

At that time, technology experts brought both Apple and Adobe into heated debate. There are people who support Apple’s claims and others who disagree with them. A decade later, however, it seems that Jobs was perfectly right to raise a concern about Flash.

Accordingly, technology writer Walt Mossberg told Adobe’s Narayen CEO that Flash is also very bad on Android. And in a July 2017 announcement, Adobe confirmed its plan to kill Flash by 2020. In fact, Flash has almost “died” when being removed from most websites for years.

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Source : Techtalk