This morning I came across Steve Jobs thoughts on why he despised Adobe Flash, which is widely documented, but I thought due to all the Flash bashing that’s occurred over the past week it was worth sharing. The man was an absolute visionary and I wonder what thoughts he’d have towards Flash now since vendors are finally starting to take action on what he started five years ago. Unless I’m mistaken, Steve Jobs, and Apple, were the first to take a stand against Flash by not allowing it to run on their mobile devices. We need more people with the stubbornness and forward thinking of Steve Jobs to take stands, like Mozilla did earlier in the week, even when at times it goes against a giant cooperation or flies in the face of what’s considered an industry standard. Many times change comes when one person takes a stand against a particular issue for the greater good. This is also commonly called leadership.
Here’s a snippet from Steve Jobs open letter about Adobe flash. This was written over five years ago and only now are people standing up to take action against Flash. In his open letter to Adobe he hits on six reasons why Apple won’t run Flash on mobile devices. His third reason for alienating Flash from Apple mobile devices is security, take a look at what he said:
Third, there’s reliability, security and performance.
Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know firsthand 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.
With this open letter to Adobe, does it really take over five years for us to start acting? If you want to read the entire letter, and I recommended you do, you can find it here: https://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/