A lot of Apple's (AAPL -0.6%) die-hard fans aren't happy with the hiring of Adobe CTO Kevin...

A lot of Apple's (AAPL -0.6%) die-hard fans aren't happy with the hiring of Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch. John Gruber calls Lynch a "a bozo, a bad hire," citing his past support for Flash. An old video of Lynch pretending to blow up an iPhone isn't going over well either. But AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger points out Lynch's history with Apple goes well beyond Flash: he also developed Mac software at prior employers Frame and Macromedia, and created UI elements for old Apple spinoff General Magic.

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  • wigit5
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    Any relation to Hanz Gruber? I think I see another Die Hard script unfolding!
    20 Mar 2013, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • RAP77
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    They should read what he said about Flash, he made a valid point. 75% of web video at that time was in Flash, browsers all had Flash players. That was more than three years ago.


    Even today, if you want to build a site that isn't another boring template, and one with any kind of motion graphics, you have to search out someone who can write HTML5.


    It's not as ubiquitous as they thought. Even today, I've heard iPad owners complain about not being able to view any flash content.


    If Apple hates Flash so much (which I understand, though I've seen some very nice flash graphics) why didn't they come up with something better?


    Ten years ago at least, Macromedia created Final Cut Pro, then was absorbed by Apple which made a huge impact among content creators and helped the company grow into the powerhouse it became. Wasn't Mr. Lynch with Macromedia at that time?
    20 Mar 2013, 02:59 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    my fiance constantly complains about not being able to shop online with her iPad due to retailers using flash to display products in various ways...


    Most recently when looking to buy a new car...
    20 Mar 2013, 03:12 PM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    Isn't it amazing then that 88% of ALL mobile ecommerce on the planet is done on an ipad.
    20 Mar 2013, 05:18 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    I'm not disputing iPads dominance in eCommerce just noting that I know someone who constantly has to deal with the flash player issue on their iPad.
    20 Mar 2013, 06:41 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    wmart initial 200 stores/ pay by iphone
    20 Mar 2013, 07:05 PM Reply Like
  • cereal
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    Even Microsoft reversed their stance on Flash. Now Surface and other Windows RT devices support Flash.
    20 Mar 2013, 10:11 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    anyone know what the comparison is for Mobile ecommerce, ecommerce (non mobile), and just regular shopping (brick & Mortar)?
    21 Mar 2013, 08:32 AM Reply Like
  • bobbobwhite
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    Yet another Cook mistake? I am getting weary of Apple either making mistakes or doing nothing under Cook.


    How about some of the old Apple? Is that possible any longer?
    20 Mar 2013, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • Brian Barbour
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    saying its another mistake yet? you haven't given the man a chance. Maybe give your opinion after a year or so of him working for apple instead of before he's actually been given his work desk..
    20 Mar 2013, 03:28 PM Reply Like
  • XRTrader
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    Bobbo - do you only post negative stuff? Why is this a bad move? Because some guy on the internet says so?


    I actually think the Fanboys should stop whining. This is a great hire for AAPL. The guy is talented and has a great history of innovation/management in software. And, what he said about flash at the time was correct. I still have problems with some websites that use flash. Still think AAPL should allow a plugin/App that allows people to view flash if they want.
    20 Mar 2013, 03:20 PM Reply Like
  • Overanalytical
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    Why would the video of him blowing up the phone matter? Are they scared he's secretly going to sabotage Apple?
    20 Mar 2013, 03:24 PM Reply Like
  • Camden
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    No blogger (even the well connected Mr. Gruber) or commentator on this site, knows exactly why Lynch was hired and what his responsibilities are to be. The fact that this is being discussed this way is ridulous.
    20 Mar 2013, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • Seeking Justice
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    Tim Cooke is in many ways a very qualified CEO, but in hiring the right people his reputation is at least doubtful so far.
    20 Mar 2013, 03:37 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    name a few of the "wrong" people? the celebrated departures were hired by Steve!
    20 Mar 2013, 11:43 PM Reply Like
  • kimboslice
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    Maybe the guy has repented about Flash sucking.
    Time will tell.
    Flash does suck by the way.
    20 Mar 2013, 03:55 PM Reply Like
  • what do I know
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    I do not to come down to the stage of calling people by "name". A V.P. of engineering is every engineer's dream and this gentleman's association with Adobe and others is very important to Mr. Cook who has made other mistake. Let's all give Mr.Cook give some vote of confidence. We have the annual meeting coming and if we want we can ..
    20 Mar 2013, 04:00 PM Reply Like
  • BozoX
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    What would hiring the Flash guru (the online video technology guru), do for Apple? Could having great online video technology be important for a company about to introduce a TV? What do people use a TV for? For watching Videos, maybe? Adobe has been developing video watching- tracking technology, to track who watches what -- some of which is flash based. So...why would this be important to a company trying to reinvent the TV-watching experience? Totally baffling. Of course, Apple should only hire people to deal with existing products, and not products it has not yet announced, because that would mess up some people's chicken-brain expectations. That Tim Cook must be crazy. Time to short to AAPL.
    21 Mar 2013, 02:17 AM Reply Like
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