All to often marketing rhetoric is mistaken for technical reality. One one hand we hear Steve Jobs tell the world that Flash does not work well on their devices and with the other hand he is making sure that it does not by denying Flash access to the ability that they retain for only their applications and technology. It is becoming more and more difficult to make these claims as the Open Screen Project is beginning to have an effect. We are starting to see the results of this effort in devices such as the up coming HP Slate. In addition there are a few people that have taken up the gauntlet and did a little research to better understand the issue. I hope you take a look but if you do not an article by Dan Rayburn summarizes the results very well:
“When it comes to efficient video playback, the ability to access hardware acceleration is the single most important factor in the overall CPU load. On Windows, where Flash can access hardware acceleration, the CPU requirements drop to negligible levels.
Overall, it’s inaccurate to conclude that Flash is inherently inefficient. Rather, Flash is efficient on platforms where it can access hardware acceleration and less efficient where it can’t. With Flash Player 10.1, Flash has the opportunity for a true leap in video playback performance on all platforms that enable hardware acceleration.
Apple complaining about Flash being a CPU Hog while not exposing “the appropriate hooks” to enable Adobe to access hardware acceleration seems disingenuous at best.”
Thanks to Dan Rayburn for the lucid approach to this political topic!