Flash Is Dead + The iPad Is Its TombstoneJan 31st, 2010 | By James Lewin | Category: Apple iPad, Internet TV, Podcasting Software, Video
There’s been a lot of discussion since the announcement of the Apple iPad over Apple’s decision to not include Flash support on the device.
Apple hasn’t officially explained its decision – but it’s clear that the company wants to marginalize Flash and push a standards-based Web.
Within Apple, though, Steve Jobs minces no words about Adobe and Flash:
They are lazy, Jobs says. They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash.
No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.
Most technology analysts see the lack of Flash support on the iPad as a liability.
But most tech analysts thought the same thing about Apple’s decision to drop the disk drive from the iMac.
And – while Flash is notoriously absent from the iPhone – millions of users don’t seem to care.
Daring Fireballs’ John Gruber responded to the iPad Flash discussion by pointing out the logical direction ahead for developers and content publishers:
Used to be you could argue that Flash, whatever its merits, delivered content to the entire audience you cared about. That’s no longer true, and Adobe’s Flash penetration is shrinking with each iPhone OS device Apple sells.
What’s Hulu going to do? Sit there and wait? Whine about the blue boxes? Or do the practical thing and write software that delivers video to iPhone OS?
The answer is obvious. Hulu doesn’t care about what’s good for Adobe. They care about what’s good for Hulu. Hulu isn’t a Flash site, it’s a video site. Developers go where the users are.
If you’re using Flash to publish media – it’s time to look into other options.
Flash is dead. The iPad is its tombstone.