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Steve Jobs Posts ‘Thoughts on Flash’ Open Letter

April 29, 2010

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today posted a lengthy open letter offering his “Thoughts on Flash” in an attempt to clear up some of the controversy over Apple’s relationship with Adobe and its unwillingness to incorporate Flash capabilities into its iPhone OS devices.

I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.

Jobs then proceeds to lay out six aspects to Apple’s argument against the use of Flash:

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