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Adobe to Fix Flash Battery Life Issue

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Adobe's CEO Shantanu Narayen says they are working on an "optimized" version of Flash for the Macbook Air

Photo Credit: EngadgetPhoto Credit: EngadgetThis tuesday was at the Web 2.0 summit, Adobe's CEO, Shantanu Narayen, commented on the animosity between Adobe and Apple provoking them by saying, "Let the games begin"

In addition to the comments on HTML5 vs Flash, Adobe blamed the entire battery life issue on Apple, stating that it is their fault for not sending Adobe a Macbook Air prior to its release.

Despite blatantly denying the fact that there is a problem with Flash affecting the battery life of the new MacBook Air; Narayen stated there is currently a MacBook Air in their labs running a beta version of an "optimized" flash, designed specifically for the MacBook. 

No details on when the "optimized" flash will be released, but our batteries are hoping it's soon.

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    vittau , November 20, 2010 12:17 AM
    Of course Flash eats up batteries, since Flash eats up CPU cycles. Vector graphics are not exactly a trivial workload, you know...
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    rawoysters , November 20, 2010 1:21 AM
    I'm getting tired of this childish bickering between Apple and Adobe. The only losers are your customers.
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    vittau , November 20, 2010 12:17 AM
    Of course Flash eats up batteries, since Flash eats up CPU cycles. Vector graphics are not exactly a trivial workload, you know...
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    mianmian , November 20, 2010 12:53 AM
    I think flash should have a "battery saving" mode: to disable some fancy graphic effects, or limit the CPU usage. While the "Full mode" will enable everything.
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    mister g , November 20, 2010 12:54 AM
    Anybody else think that Steve will start blabbing that he was right all along as soon as this news hits his screen? I mean an optimized version had to be specially made for OS X just to fix a battery problem? Sounds like a problem unique to MacBooks to me.
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    molo9000 , November 20, 2010 1:13 AM
    mister gAnybody else think that Steve will start blabbing that he was right all along as soon as this news hits his screen? I mean an optimized version had to be specially made for OS X just to fix a battery problem? Sounds like a problem unique to MacBooks to me.

    All laptops suffer from Flash, but MacBooks suffer more because the Flash implementation for Mac OS is just second rate.

    Now all Apple (or Adobe) has to do is educated users that they have to download a new Flash version. Used to be distributed by Apple through the automatic software update, but not anymore.
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    lejay , November 20, 2010 1:13 AM
    Just wait until ads come to html5... That'll drain the battery just as bad. Blaming flash is silly.
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    rawoysters , November 20, 2010 1:21 AM
    I'm getting tired of this childish bickering between Apple and Adobe. The only losers are your customers.
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    aaron686 , November 20, 2010 3:07 AM
    It's never big brother's fault...
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    dEAne , November 20, 2010 4:59 AM
    Finally it is fixed.
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    andy_newton , November 20, 2010 5:21 AM
    ditching flash is the right move
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    Scott2010au , November 20, 2010 7:43 AM
    Err, the battery life issue affects all computers that run Flash that are battery powered.

    If the MacBook Air has it's "own special" issue on top of this, then that is news to me.

    They (Adobe) should address both.

    I miss Macromedia, they cared about the end users.
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    Scott2010au , November 20, 2010 8:39 AM

    - The code in question has very little to do with the Apple platform.

    - Flash is 'meant to' be using their GPU's as of version 10.1 that is what all the hooha is about.

    - Watching a HD movie should be possible using a standard battery on most Mac's as they tend to have longer battery life than typical laptops.

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    K2N hater , November 20, 2010 12:17 PM
    I see Steve Jobs' whine worked once again. Hope Adobe do their homework and make ALL platforms drop CPU usage.
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    cookoy , November 20, 2010 3:57 PM
    should Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, ... each send a notebook to Adobe so they can each have an optimized version of Flash? funny guy the CEO.
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    Miharu , November 20, 2010 4:29 PM
    Quote:
    - Watching a HD movie should be possible using a standard battery on most Mac's as they tend to have longer battery life than typical laptops.

    FALSE
    Like QuickTime totally drop quality/fraterate when you use High Quality h.264.
    It's normal if you drop quality, the battery will be typicaly longer.
    (When you buy a new Mac, you already buy an old hardware. Why did you think your Mac still look cool? Software optimization for look like your old hardware is still new (drop framerate/drop quality))

    Apple do this in his application and he ask Adobe to do the same.
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    techguy378 , November 20, 2010 5:59 PM
    Scott2010auErr, the battery life issue affects all computers that run Flash that are battery powered.If the MacBook Air has it's "own special" issue on top of this, then that is news to me.They (Adobe) should address both.I miss Macromedia, they cared about the end users.

    No it doesn't. Flash doesn't significantly affect battery life on non Apple laptops. It also has zero effect on battery life on phones running Android 2.2. My old Nexus One phone's battery lasted 10 hours regardless of whether Flash was installed or not. This problem is exclusive to Apple and their Mac OS X operating system.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2010 6:30 PM
    So the question I have is. Is Flash really that bad on batteries? Or is the Macbook Air really that bad? I have used Flash video for long periods on other Laptops with reduced battery life. But not crazy reduced life. Its funny how the Apple freaks never blame Apple for anything.
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    cpburns , November 20, 2010 6:31 PM
    an "optimized" version of Flash for the Macbook Air


    It would be nice if Adobe got their act together and simply made an optimized version of Flash for all computer platforms. I hate Flash on my quad-core desktop with 8GB of RAM because it's a ridiculously slow, inefficiently designed piece of donkey spunk.
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    WarraWarra , November 20, 2010 9:59 PM
    WTH ? only for CrApple's and not in general for all internet devices how retarded is this Shantanu Narayen, what is he working for the government or NASA ?
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    v100 , November 20, 2010 10:48 PM
    plz throw Air away, a low volume loser.
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    SteelCity1981 , November 21, 2010 12:21 AM
    Why is he blaming Adobe for this? I mean Flash Player isn't the problem graphics card drivers are if they are having trouble with Flash eating up battery life. If the graphics card drivers doesn't support Adobe's Flash player H.264 codec correctly or if at all for example and you are viewing a flash video in HD, then obv the CPU's resources is going to take a hit.
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