Does HTML5 Really Beat Flash? The Surprising Results of New Tests
Mar 12, 2010, 19:32 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sarah Perez)
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"With the impending launch of the Apple iPad, the
Cupertino-based company's shunning of Adobe Flash technology has
been brought to the forefront of technological discussions. While
it was one thing to forgo Flash on a small, mobile device such as
the iPhone or iPod Touch, some are questioning whether lack of
Flash support is going to be a make-it-or-break it feature for the
new slate devices arriving next month - devices which, if you
believe Apple CEO Steve Jobs - are "better than netbooks."
"On the flip side, Apple supporters echo the company's
sentiments that "Flash is a CPU hog" and including support for the
technology in Apple's mobile line-up would negatively impact
"However, recent tests have put Flash up against HTML5, the new
web markup language that eliminates the need for the Adobe plugin.
The results of these tests show that this is not a simple
black-and-white issue. Is Flash really a CPU hog? Yes, in some
cases. But, surprisingly, not all the time. In fact, sometimes
HTML5 actually performed worse."