In an ideal world, executives wouldn’t feel obligated to make outrageous claims and justifications for their product’s shortcomings. However, in an ideal world, the iPad would also have Flash support. So we know we don’t live in an ideal world. And here is the corresponding outrageous claim: Steve Jobs has told the Wall Street Journal that Flash would reduce the iPad’s battery life to a pathetic meager 1.5 hours.
There are so many things wrong with this assessment that it would be laughable if it wasn’t for the fact Jobs seems serious to stand by this justification. First off, this metric is highly deceiving, as simply supporting Flash would have no effect whatsoever on battery life. Only usage of Flash would cut down on battery performance, a reality I am sure most users could come to terms with.
The other question we are forced to ask is by what standard was that original 10 hour figure measured. If continuous Flash usage causes an 85% drop of the supposed battery life, then the odds are that the original battery life is only in terms of very non-intensive usage (i. e. sitting on the home-screen). This would really come to no surprise to anyone, but it ultimately means his point regarding a decreased battery life is moot. Either way, it would be better for all parties involved if Jobs were honest regarding this matter, instead of childishly deriding any prospects and treating his end-users like children.