If Flash is so bad, and HTML 5 is so good, then Apple needs to do nothing. 'It's no big deal. Just put Flash on the device.' Flash will wither and die anyway, and your customers will be happy along the way. HTML5 has Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and all the other weblings hoo-rahing for it.
But Steve Jobs cult insists this is 'proprietary vs. open standards.' Well, if that is true, then what I said above covers it. So why all the extra blather and bluster from Steve Jobs? Because Flash is NOT dying. It is morphing into a competitor to the iPhone OS and the crApp store.(www.openscreenproject.org
) And Steve can't stand that! It is a battle of proprietary Steve vs. proprietary Flash/AIR. Steve doesn't want the Apple customer to be able to choose. He insists you have decided when you bought his gadget.
There's nothing noble about that; nothing noble about keeping Flash off iPhone or iPad. It's just about Steve's money flow and having dictatorial control over what runs on your iPhone.
All the other stuff, about 'open', 'obsolete', cpu hog, etc, is going to take care of itself, whether Flash is on the iThing or not. Isn't 'open' supposed to be about being able to use things as you'd like, without some turtleneck cashier sticking his hand out everytime you try to do something? Isn't Steve the tollkeeper here?