How Steve Jobs killed Adobe Flash

Tech Tales

Dec 21 2021 • 59 mins


Adobe Flash Player was the most popular way to create interactive content on the web, and by 2005, it was installed on "more than 98%" of all Windows and Mac computers. Apple's decision to not support Flash on the iPhone in 2007, as well as the "Thoughts on Flash" open letter written by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2010, were arguably the main factors in its ultimate demise. Hosted by Corbin Davenport, guest starring Cody Toombs. Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechTalesShow Follow on Mastodon/Fediverse: https://mas.to/@techtales Support on PayPal: https://tinyurl.com/techtalesdonate Videos: • https://youtu.be/bPq1fVt9--I Sources: • https://web.archive.org/web/20070516090612/http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0%2C1000000097%2C39211831%2C00.htm • https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/flash-video-not-suitable-for-iphone-apple-ceo-says-1.696486 • https://www.wired.com/2008/11/adobe-flash-on/ • https://web.archive.org/web/20170615060422/https://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/ • https://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2010/apr/29/adobe-chief-executive-flash-apple-reply • https://9to5mac.com/2021/04/27/apple-tried-to-help-adobe-bring-flash-to-ios-but-the-results-were-embarrassing/ • https://www.wired.com/2010/08/ftc-apple-adobe-foia/ • https://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2010/sep/09/apple-app-store-flash-open • https://www.macrumors.com/2011/11/09/adobe-discontinues-development-on-mobile-flash/