Adobe Confirms It Will Abandon Flash Player Mobile
Top message: Hey, everyone who said Apple was in the wrong for saying "GTFO" to Flash... by bluecoyote
Replying to: Re: Hey, everyone who said Apple was in the wrong for saying "GTFO" to Flash... by WiWavelength
Re: Hey, everyone who said Apple was in the wrong for saying "GTFO" to Flash...
If Apple doesn't view it as relevant to the future of computing for the product's lifecycle or if it's likely a cheap fad, they don't include it. If they do, they're among the first to include it. This is why they were among the first to offer widespread adoption of USB ports in their computers as the only input method, this is why they abandoned floppy drives years before their competition, and it's why they skipped out on ZIP drives. Hey, many people thought ZIP drives were good, too.
Now of course I tend to land on the pro-Apple side, but because I agree with their views. And it's made them one of the most profitable companies in the world, with high user loyalty and satisfaction. So chances are, they're doing something right.
So no, it's not circular reasoning to say if Apple viewed Flash as something beneficial in the big picture they would've included it. By instead choosing to develop open web standards and make a huge leap and saying "Flash is not even an option" and wagering the possible public rejection of their devices (which uh, didn't happen) , they've pushed us towards open web standards and away from a crappy, proprietary plug-in.