Dear MR readers, First and foremost, I would like to disclose the fact that I am a new member to these forums, but was following your posts and the actual website for quite some time now. The reason I decided to register and be officially part of this community was to express my personal opinion on the matter of Flash. This article is designated to Apple software in general, whether it is iOS software or Mac software. Flash as a format has become widespread on the desktop market; one estimate is that 95% of PCs have it, while Adobe claims that 98 percent of U.S. web users and 99.3 percent of all Internet desktop users have installed the Flash Player, with 92 to 95% having the latest version. Be it as it may be, Apple hardware is becoming increasingly popular and with it, Flash is starting to become less and less favorable with Mac/iOS enthusiasts all around the globe. As most of you probably know already, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has publicly expressed his thoughts on Flash in a letter that can be read at Apple's website. In short, he tries to dismiss its use as much as possible, notably in iOS. As a result, the first devices that pop in mind when thinking of Flash and Apple are the iDevices (iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch) and the iOS software. It astounds me when I read that a large majority of posters in these forums have declared that they do not use Flash whatsoever. Under no circumstances am I saying that they are not telling the truth, but the fact of the matter that Flash is so incredibly popular, proves that many sites try to incorporate this technology to provide a better service for their viewers. Lets take YouTube for example, given the fact that it is the 3rd most popular website in the world and millions of people apply its content to their websites, makes me wonder why it is so hard for the majority of the community to not stumble across countless of times on such content. For those of you who state that there exists the YouTube application for the above content, I must declare that the application performs quite badly on iOS (read the many threads in the forums). Also, is there a need that users should have to switch back and forth from Safari to the YouTube app? Of course not! iOS has proven limited functionality in this domain. As regards Mac OS X, an option to switch to HTML 5 for video browsing is available by YouTube experimentally. Having tried it for a couple of days, I can firmly state that the difference in performance with regards to hardware temperature and overall system stability is trivial. This issue was supposedly explained by Steve Jobs himself in his public letter. But, to be entirely honest, the problems that were raised by the letter were totally negligible. Let me explain why. Firstly, I would like to address the problem of 'reliability, security and performance'. Steve Jobs quotes Symantec's findings that Flash has 'one of the worst security records in 2009'. Whilst this may be true, do we actually know how many security holes the stock iOS software currently has? Judging by the security exploit recently discovered by the jailbreak community that allows unsigned code to be executed through the Safari web browser, the stock iOS software has some grave security flaws. Apple needs not be urged by hackers to resolve this critical issue by forcing users to update their software just to keep them from harm's way. Mind you, this was the second time that the jailbreak community discovered such a security flaw in Apple's proprietary web browser. The first one was found last year and denoted a PDF exploit in Safari that enabled hackers once more to run unsigned code through the web browser. Furthermore, Steve Jobs stated that Flash does not run well on mobile devices. This declaration was true a year ago or so, but now there are numerous Android devices on the market that deliver the Flash experience beautifully. Secondly, I would like to address the issue of 'battery life'. In my experience by using the iPad, I realized the battery performance is remarkable. It lasts throughout an entire flight (duration of approx. 5hrs) and mostly lasts throughout the day. The latter, though, is the most significant. How many of you use your iPad each day for a substantial amount of time on the web? I would guess, plenty. And what do you have to do with it every evening? Charge it. The inclusion of an option of enabling Flash to be run on iOS would have absolutely no detrimental effect on the battery life of an iDevice, notably the iPad with its amazing 10hr battery life. Surely it might decrease it by half an hour or so on average, but is that such a great cost to bear for having the full web experience? In my honest opinion, I think not. By now you are probably thinking how long it is going to take me to address another infamous issue relating to Flash. The full web experience! Whilst using an iPad, I personally know friends and myself included, that come across Flash animations numerous times on the web and of course the iOS software was unable to display them. This, on the contrary to popular belief, does break functionality to a great extent! Why do users have to switch to a desktop/notebook to access the content of the web they choose to browse? They need not to. The iDevices and in particular the iPad function primarily on the web. Broken functionality in this specific domain might discourage current and future owners of iPad who would like/depend on correct Flash rendition. To conclude, I must clearly state that I did omit some of the points expressed in Steve Jobs' letter, but I did so to shorten the length of this article. If necessary, I shall further express my thoughts on his arguments in further posts. Before I tie this letter off, I would like to stress the fact that this post is clearly my own take at this Apple vs. Flash debate. I would be delighted to see your own views exhibited on this matter without being obscene or rude. My final verdict is that the reason Apple does not implement Flash has something to do with business rivalry and the inclusion of Flash in Apple's iDevices might not have a positive effect on Apple's financial status. Looking forward to some convincing arguments with respect to this outlook, Regards.