Apple Does Not have an Open Platform and No, He Doesn’t Have it Backwards

There’s been a fresh outbreak of Adobe bashing regarding an announcement by one of their engineers on Adobe’s decision to stop putting resources behind tools to cross-compile Flash into native iphone applications.

He says “open platform” which means, there aren’t any fashion police dictating what can or cannot be made available. I hate Flash as much as the next guy, when it comes to all the pain involved on the mac platform, but taking the side of Apple lobbing hand grenades from their gated community takes some serious double think.

Interesting. Apple has responded publicly to Adobe’s Mike Chambers’s claim that Flash is an open platform:

“Someone has it backwards — it is HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and H.264 (all supported by the iPhone and iPad) that are open and standard, while Adobe’s Flash is closed and proprietary,” said spokeswoman Trudy Miller in a statement.


[From Daring Fireball Linked List: ‘Someone Has It Backwards’]

There is nothing wrong with protecting standards of taste or setting out rules as long as they are fair and consistently applied. In the case of Apple’s app store approval process, that’s rarely the case. Applications that were once approved can be pulled at a moment’s notice or retroactively pulled (meaning once approved apps may be rejected pending a policy change).

What’s even crazier is that pushing the boundaries of taste isn’t the only taboo for applications targeted for the Apple app store. Interface elements or innovative apps that push the boundaries can also be at risk simply because they fall afoul of some Apple design aesthetic while of course being exempt from such restrictions themselves.

I don’t like towing the line that friends of Apple are enemies of Adobe Flash and vice versa. The fact is after decades of bashing Microsoft for all the liberties they’ve taken with their monopolistic advantages, we are faced with much scarier personal concerns about privacy, ownership and freedom with which companies such as Apple and Facebook seem less concerned about than their own commercial interests.