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Apple CEO Dismisses Flash as a PC Era Relic

Mobile is where it's at. Sales of mobile devices, particularly Apple's iPhone, have taken off and with it an explosive rise in mobile users surfing the Web and running Web-based applications and services.

Adobe's popular Flash software has long been an integral part of many media sites, used by developers to display all manner of animation and video content. But Flash has never been welcome on the iPhone. Now, as DevX reports, Apple's CEO has given his first detailed explanation of the reasons for the ban on Flash.

In a surprise post on Apple's Web site, CEO Steve Jobs has defended his company's decision to block Adobe's popular media playback software Flash.

Jobs said he wrote the post because he wanted customers and critics to "better understand why we do not allow Adobe's Flash products on iPhones, iPads and iPods."

"Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven -- they say we want to protect our App Store -- but in reality it is based on technology issues," he said. "Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true."

Ever since Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) made clear that it wouldn't support Flash on the iPhone, reports have swirled alleging bad blood between the two firms. Jobs was reported to have called Adobe "lazy" at a company meeting and characterized Flash as buggy, slow and a security threat.

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Apple CEO Jobs Defends Ban on Flash