Flash Is Dead As A De Facto Internet StandardNov 4th, 2010 | By James Lewin | Category: Apple iPad, Featured Story, iPhone, iPods & Portable Media Players
Earlier in the year, when we said that Flash is dead & the iPad is its tombstone, our thoughts were primarily on the 100 million + iOS devices that people were happily using, Flash free.
Many thought that this trend towards people working blissfully Flash-free would end as people using the larger-form-factor iPad ran into sites with broken Flash elements.
But no – the iPad isn’t just the fastest-selling gadget ever, the device has the highest satisfaction rating of any product that a leading consumer satisfaction index has ever tracked.
The “Flash Tax”
Now Apple’s Macs are shipping Flash-free, and it’s highlighting the “Flash tax” – the hit Flash puts on your computer’s performance, browser stability and battery life.
According to testing by Chris Foresman of Ars Technica, Flash can cut your battery life by a third, just to display banner ads.
“Having Flash installed can cut battery runtime considerably,” notest Forman. “As much as 33 percent, in our testing.”
If you’re like most laptop users, you’ve got a browser window open all the time. If so, Flash is probably chowing through a large chunk of your battery life, so that it can keep some banner ads blinking.
With Flash missing in action on the most popular mobile platforms and now on the latest crop of Macs, Flash is dead as a de facto Internet standard.