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ukpetey32 posts since 10 Nov 2013
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Flash is very very insecure. Which is why no Apple products come with it on, Jobs wouldn't permit it.


Flash wasn't supported on iOS because it would have killed the App Store and the 30% fees that Apple takes. Jobs wasn't looking at people's security, he was looking at his bottom line.

Flash has well in excess of 400 known entries on the CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) system. This makes it the most vulnerable piece of computer code in history. It's old tech, obsolete, redundant. Anyone having or using Flash is inviting trouble, unnecessary trouble since HTML5 has made Flash completely redundant. For those remaining websites persisting in using Flash, it comes down to laziness or ineptitude since Adobe provide a free conversion tool for files.


Below is an article which explains the problem better than I ever can. For those that persist with Flash, good luck! And keep your antivirus and back-ups current!

https://www.fastcompany.com/3049920/tech-forecast/the-agonizingly-slow-decline-of-adobe-flash-player
nbafan8990 posts since 12 Apr 2014
I'm pretty sure modern browsers let you enable/disable plug-ins for separate sites, rather than a global on/off switch. Using Flash isn't even the major problem with the TV Ark video system (direct link is, or the lack thereof)


that direct link needs to be enabled
Justin286 posts since 9 Oct 2014
BBC World
Flash is very very insecure. Which is why no Apple products come with it on, Jobs wouldn't permit it.


Flash wasn't supported on iOS because it would have killed the App Store and the 30% fees that Apple takes. Jobs wasn't looking at people's security, he was looking at his bottom line.

Going slightly off topic but, I doubt that would've happened. Most apps that cost money back then were generally games, etc. I doubt those would run particularly well in the baby version of Safari they had on there.
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dosxuk3,667 posts since 22 Oct 2005
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Flash is very very insecure. Which is why no Apple products come with it on, Jobs wouldn't permit it.


Flash wasn't supported on iOS because it would have killed the App Store and the 30% fees that Apple takes. Jobs wasn't looking at people's security, he was looking at his bottom line.

Going slightly off topic but, I doubt that would've happened. Most apps that cost money back then were generally games, etc. I doubt those would run particularly well in the baby version of Safari they had on there.


And what was the internet full of in those days? Oh yeah, games built in Flash. Even quite sophisticated ones, multiplayer, micro-payments, offline progress and so on. And all revenue went to the developers.

Adobe had working Flash runtimes for iOS, and even came up with various solutions which would work within Apple's rules, but they were all blocked.

A similar problem hobbled the idea of non-app store based HTML apps, which are supported on iOS, but the performance and feature set of the embedded Safari browser used is limited to that found in the early releases of iOS. If you want a good performing HTML app (as Jobs said was the future), you have to distribute it through the app store.
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