A week ago marked a change in my personal technology… I bought an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad. This is my first ever Apple device purchase. The iPad is an entertainment device that allows a little more relaxed web access or personal media access that does not feel like the same ‘at the desk’ experience so many workers in America want to get away from on weekends and nights. But there is a serious flaw and one that will keep many away from buying the device if they are active internet users. This war with Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE) is a silly one, and Steve Jobs is running the risk of driving away some of those who are more geared toward Windows that are interested in moving from PC to Mac.
Even with the Adobe battle, Apple still has a great reputation in the tech world. Yet, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) could be accused of the same issue over Linux interoperability in the past, but if Steve Ballmer had announced that Microsoft was going to drop Flash interoperability rather than Steve Jobs there would be tech riots. We have seen the reports of Flash issues and understand that there are some interoperability issues, but what Apple is forcing change in is in programming for many websites out there. Not hundreds. Thousands upon thousands, even though Steve Jobs in his letter went out of his way to explain how many big sites have gone his way.
If you read financial, technology, travel, entertainment and leisure, and many other types of websites, the NO FLASH issue is very problematic. Adobe obviously needs to work through technical issues, but Apple also needs to stop this childish ‘you are out of the club’ snub. The financial industry also has a history of not having many applications work on non-Windows devices including Macs. If Steve Jobs ever wants a next major leg up, he needs to court this market. Arguably, it is interoperability which helps convert the hold-outs. Jobs also needs to stop being a baby about which standards will not be allowed. In fact, Jobs could even declare a drop-date that give Adobe time to catch up rather than being on the path it is on.