Jobs just posted this open letter on why Apple won’t support Flash:
While the ‘almost all’ comment about h.264 is true, it’s not complete or accurate. The Flash player will PLAY h.264 material. Flash as a tool can export h.264.
Flash is not a standard in terms of W3C boards, but it is a de facto standard. It is amazingly well penetrated, and the current hatred of Flash is from people that are ignorant or have agendas. Or both. It is not a thing of the past, because it has been in continuous development to lead new technologies. And with AIR, Flash authoring continues to lead the way.
In short, Jobs is doing this for market dominance. Since he can’t properly compete with Flash as a tool, he chooses to insult it and Adobe, and to actively take his toys home. I love working on my Macs, but Jobs is an arrogant bastard who is making a stab at social engineering instead of innovative technological competition. He’s doing everything he ever accused Gates of doing, but because he wears a black turtleneck, all the fanbois stand behind his grizzled little beard.
I could go point by point, but I’m not really a player in the Flash world any more, so I don’t have the authoritative information to back up my views. Besides… there are many more out there who will take apart this naked insult and just plain wrong statement about Flash. The summary: Jobs is marketing by being a piss-ant. If he wanted to include Flash, he could. Even better, he would work with Adobe to build a superior solution to anything either company has right now.
But Jobs doesn’t want a better tool. He wants an APPLE tool. Only. He wants to own you, your devices, your information and everything else. And he’s going to have to fight Google to get there.