Apple’s ban on Flash has been questioned by many. In a move to try to end the controversy, Steve Jobs has taken to using an open letter to explain why Apple has made this decision:
“… Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.”
link: Steve Jobs: Open Letter
Undoubtedly, there will be many forms of rebuttal to the points that Jobs has made. The salient issues is that it does not seem to have had a negative impact on sales. The initial sales on the iPad have exceeded 600,000 by one estimation.
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