Is iPad Apple’s Trojan Horse?
February 22, 2010 12 Comments
Referring to one of my earlier posts, most likely, iPad will be like your hot partner you won’t be able to shag. I was just reading this new article in one of my favorite coffee shop at Heathrow about iPad battery life time down to 1.5 hours from 10 hours if using Flash. Why didn’t Apple disclose such critical information before the launch of iPad last month? Does Steve Jobs have a dark side? It’s hard to believe a guy like him had no previous knowledge of getting Flash to work on iPad would significantly reduce iPad’s battery life.
I am not really a Microsoft fan, but, funny how Apple busted Microsoft’s balls for telling people to update their PCs with the release of Vista. It sounds like Apple is becoming the new Microsoft, Microsoft has already become the old IBM. And, of course, IBM is still IBM. Perhaps, lack of support for Flash in iPad was just Apple’s Trojan horse strategy hoping to achieve one the following:
a) Either, to get the entire market to dump Adobe’s Flash for HTML5, a new version of the programming language that will enable websites to stream video and display rich graphics without Flash.
b) Or, to get people continue buying from iTunes. If iPad had Flash, people would listen to music, watch TV, play games not created or sold by Apple. It sucks, but he’s not going to risk losing all of that revenue.
If his intention was “a”, Given i) 98% percent of computers around the world have Flash installed ii) Most of the main websites use Flash to power their videos and games, iii) HTML5 video cannot securely support client advertising logic, and iv) Ramping up ingestion, development, implementation, and support for a new technology being incredibly expensive in time and money,
What was Apple thinking?
Flash represents a type of creativity enabling technology that does not have a match on the Internet, in that it enables essentially full blown interactive applications online. In my mind this is a huge plus to the technology, even with its down sides, lack of searchability, and CPU usage. It is a strike against a Standard, which is needed still even in the age of sharing and openness. We still need tools like this that people can express their ideas fully
Anyway, the marketplace has obviously chosen Flash. If something better comes along that’s easy to implement on existing systems, then that will win. Until then, HTML5 will be ignored by the industry.
No doubt, their commercial is awesome