Apple and Adobe are at loggerheads again over apples decision not to include Flash in the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Steve Jobs, co-founder and chief executive of Apple was pretty damming in his memo "Thoughts on Flash" where he publically wanted to dispel any thoughts that Apple were are trying to close off protect the App Store.
Instead he has made it clear that the reasoning behind this is a business driven decision based on security and performance. Steve indeed redirects this criticism at Abobe and let it be known that Apple invested heavily in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years.
Firstly there was battery life: "Although Flash has recently added support for H.264, the video on almost all Flash websites currently requires an older generation decoder that is not implemented in mobile chips and must be run in software. The difference is striking: on an iPhone, for example, H.264 videos play for up to 10 hours, while videos decoded in software play for less than 5 hours before the battery is fully drained."
Flash was "designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers... Even if iPhones, iPods and iPads ran Flash, it would not solve the problem that most Flash Web sites need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices".
We should keep an eye on this battle which I am sure will rumble on a lot further, depending on whoever come out on top could determine the future of web and mobile app design