The two, which have been fighting over the use of Adobe’s Flash after Apple stopped supporting it in its devices, have been at each other’s throats again this week after Steve Jobs posted an open letter on Apple’s website yesterday.
In it he explained Apple’s decision not to support Flash on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. He said Flash performed badly, had security flaws and drained battery life. He also said that Flash websites do not work with a touch screen interface and that Apple wanted to avoid apps written using Flash because they would be designed as cross-platform apps and not Apple-specific ones.
“While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system,” Jobs said in the 1600 word letter.
However Adobe did not take his comments lightly. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, CEO Shantanu Narayen, dismissed the claims as a smokescreen.
He told the WSJ that the company had demonstrated through its tools that people could build content for the iPhone and iPad using Flash. He added that over 100 applications were actually approved through the store and blamed licensing rather than technology.
He also said that Steve’s allegations and previous criticisms made by Apple were a proprietary lock-in that and prevented Adobe from delivering the kind of innovation that customers want.
And to add further to insult Adobe also said it would be taking its tools to rival companies and technologies including the Android platform.
We’re not so sure we’ve heard the end of this.