Apple CEO Defends Flash Decision

Apple CEO, Steve Jobs has today explained why he will not be using Flash on the latest Apple products.

In an open letter to the Apple website, Jobs said that the software was unreliable and not secure. He highlighted the Symantec 2009 report which pin pointed certain security issues with the Flash program.

He stated: "We do not want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash."

In this, the first in-depth explanation of the ban, Jobs refuted the claims by Adobe that he had banned the product to protect the Apple app store. He stated that his decision was entirely based upon the technology of Flash itself.

Jobs also criticised Adobe's comments which attacked Apple for not allowing open source programs. He said that he does allow open programs, namely HTML5.

"What they do not say is that almost all of this video is also available in a more modern format, H.264, and viewable on iPhones, iPods and iPads," he wrote.

Finally, Jobs emphasized the impact which Flash has on mobile battery life and the fact that it is not designed for touch-screens.

"Even if iPhones, iPods and iPads ran Flash, it would not solve the problem that most Flash websites need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices," he stated.

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