I do not know if flame-bait is why your wrote this or a bias against Apple. Facts were quite straight from where I sit. It is quite simple really. If you are a website owner (I am, own several) you want to reach as many visitors as possible. So following web standards is the best way to do that. Trying to force visitors to use a proprietary plugin is stupid and no longer needed. It is also a task not worth pursuing. This would be like HomeDepot forcing their customers to ONLY pay with a certain credit card and no other payment method!
As always the marketplace will decide and so far it is deciding in huge numbers that Flash does not matter when it comes to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as they outsell all their competition.
Whats more is most of the major websites have already converted their video and/or created an app for Apple devices.
The real point made in Steve Jobs essay is
“We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath. Who knows how it will perform?”
So Adobe Steve Jobs is telling you PUT UP OR SHUT UP!
With all the money Adobe spent buying Macromedia they simply have not done much to improve Flash and it is quite clear going forward the web has moved on with better and more open solutions.
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