Adobe is airing its gripes against Apple. Apparently, if you ask Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, Apple is “inciting” and “condoning” “negative campaigning” about Flash running on Apple products.
In an interview with Fast Company, Lynch said “I just think there’s this negative campaigning going on, and, for whatever reason, Apple is really choosing to incite it, and condone it. I think that’s unfortunate. We don’t think it’s good for the web to have aspects closed off–a blockade of certain types of expression.”
Recently, Apple shipped the new MacBook Air without a pre-installed Flash plugin. Apple also does not allow Flash runtime on its iPhone or iPad devices.
There have been a lot of issues regarding the seemingly developing feud between Apple and Adobe. Steve Jobs has even ridiculed Flash and openly supports HTML5, the supposed rival of Flash.
In recent events, Adobe has been criticized over a report showing that Flash significantly reduced the battery life of the new MacBook Air. Ars Technica has reported on an article that the removal of the Flash plug-in for the MacBook air results in an improvement of about 33% of the battery life of the device.
Now, Lynch says what Apple is doing does not hurt only Adobe. He said on the interview with Fast Company that, “there’s a decade of content out there that you just can’t view on Apple’s device, and I think that’s not only hurtful to Adobe, but hurtful to everyone that created that content.”
The Adobe CTO also said that, “It’s a false argument to make, of the power usage. When you’re displaying content, any technology will use more power to display, versus not displaying content. If you used HTML5, for example, to display advertisements, that would use as much or more processing power than what Flash uses.”
Lynch might have a point but there are a lot of people saying that maybe HTML5 is better than Flash for rendering videos.