Adobe has slammed Apple's decision not to allow Adobe Flash to work on its forthcoming iPad, suggesting it is preventing its users from viewing 75% of videos on the web.
This fighting talk comes straight from Adrian Ludwig, Adobe's group manager, who stated in a blog post that “there's something important missing from Apple's approach to connecting consumers to content”.
He continued: “It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers”.
Ludwig said that around 75% of videos and 70% of games available on the web are reliant on Flash, meaning iPad users will be isolated from many big websites including CNN, ESPN, Disney and popular US video-on-demand service Hulu.
Pretty disappointing, it would seem. However, Steve Jobs has apparently faced up to all the Flash-related criticism in a private chat with Apple employees, with no punches held.
Jobs reportedly branded Adobe as "lazy", stating it has all the potential to do interesting things [with Flash] but refuses to do it.
He also added that Apple won't support Flash because it is too "buggy", blaming it for the majority of Mac crashes, and that no one would be using Flash soon anyway with the move to HTML 5.
Cutting. What do you think – should Apple have added Flash to the iPad, or will HTML 5 save the day? Let us know below.
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