Steve Jobs Elaborates on Flash Being Obsolete at Wall Street Journal iPad Demo

“We don’t spend a lot of energy on old technology.”
Reports have surfaced on Gawker that elaborate even further on Steve Jobs hate of Flash as reported by Apple employees in a recent Apple Town Hall meeting with Jobs calling Adobe “lazy” and saying HTML 5 is the future. The story claims that Jobs talked more […]


“We don’t spend a lot of energy on old technology.”

Reports have surfaced on Gawker that elaborate even further on Steve Jobs hate of Flash as reported by Apple employees in a recent Apple Town Hall meeting with Jobs calling Adobe “lazy” and saying HTML 5 is the future. The story claims that Jobs talked more with The Wall Street Journal about his views on Flash being obsolete. This is obviously a conversation that staff of newspapers and publishers like the Journal have much interest in, seeing that they currently rely on Flash heavily and are expecting the launch of the iPad to mean big business for them. As Gawker reports, Jobs had some pretty harsh words about Flash when demoing the iPad at a recent media tour calling Flash a source of “security holes” and a “CPU hog”.

Gawker reports Jobs went on to say, “We don’t spend a lot of energy on old technology” and compare Flash to past, outdated technology that Apple had a hand in ushering out…

  • “like the floppy drive, famously absent in iMac,
  • …. old data ports, including even Apple’s own FireWire 400, gone from iPods and now all Macbooks,
  • ….CCFL backlit LCD screens, now entirely replaced in Apple’s lineup by LED-powered screens (except for this). (Correction: We originally said Apple replaced LCDs with LEDs; LEDs are a type of LCD backlighting.)
  • …and even the CD, with Jobs apparently crediting Apple’s iPod, iTunes Store, CD-ripping software and “Rip, Mix, Burn” campaign with doing in the old music medium (sort of: though CD sales are in free fall, around 300 million were sold last year in the U.S. alone, 80 percent of all albums).

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