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Adobe CTO: Flash on iPhone Doesn’t Suck and Apple Knows It

Apple didn’t ban Flash from the iPhone and iPad because it propogates lowest common denominator apps, it banned Flash because it propogates good ones. This according to Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch who, during an interview at the Web 2.0 Expo today, lambasted Apple for its campaign against the platform.

Said Lynch: “The technology issue Apple has with us is not that our tech doesn’t work, it’s that it does work.”

An interesting counterpoint to Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs’s 1,700-word anti-Flash polemic last week, which claimed not only that Flash doesn’t work well on the iPhone, it doesn’t work well on any mobile platform.

“Flash has not performed well on mobile devices,” Jobs wrote. “We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath. Who knows how it will perform?”

Who knows how it will perform? Adobe (ADBE), I guess. The company just hasn’t shown anyone how well yet.

Incidentally, Lynch and Jobs do agree on one thing: HTML5 is good for the Web. Asked for his thoughts on the markup language, which Jobs has argued should replace Adobe’s Flash player as the de facto standard for Web video, Lynch spoke highly of it. “HTML5 is the best thing that’s happened in browsers for a long time,” he said. “Innovation is happening in the browser again and Adobe will make tools for people to create experiences in HTML5.”