Adobe Getting Flash Prepped for iPhone, if Only Apple Will Allow It

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One of the biggest things missing from the iPhone is Flash support, rendering many sites unreadable and keeping us from enjoying Flash video via Mobile Safari. It's been a feature that people have long clamored for, but due to the pissy releationship between Apple and Adobe, it hasn't happened yet. Now, Adobe says it's gotten Flash running on an iPhone Emulator, and it just needs Apple to take it and put it on the iPhone.

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Yesterday, during Adobe's second quarter earnings call, chief Shantanu Narayen had this to say:

We have a version that's working on the emulation. This is still on the computer and you know, we have to continue to move it from a test environment onto the device and continue to make it work. So we are pleased with the internal progress that we've made to date.

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Sounds promising, no? The problem is that even when Adobe has a perfected version of mobile Flash for the iPhone, it still needs to convince Apple to allow it on the iPhone. Previously, Steve Jobs has complained that mobile Flash isn't powerful enough for the iPhone and regular Flash is too bloated.

With the iPhone 3G coming in just a few weeks, we really hope Adobe and Apple can work out some kind of agreement, because that speedy connection will make viewing streaming videos on the iPhone a joy. Let's cut the bullshit and make this happen, OK guys? [Alley Insider]

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@markarian:

I definitely wouldn't consider Flash a necessity, at least for the majority of people. Most professionally (and well) designed web sites have a flash alternative anyway. Besides, I enjoy not having to look at stupid flash ads while browsing my favorite sites. It saves battery life, and bandwidth. The only downside is not being able to watch flash videos (porn mostly), but I think the negatives far outweigh the positives.

BTW, you could have easily gone into the Google Maps app and typed in taco bell, and it would have shown you all of the locations close to where you were at. So, yeah, definitely not a necessity in the case of your example.

As far as Apple trying to protect App Store sales by purposefully leaving out flash? I highly doubt it. That may be a very minor, yet positive, side effect, but if you remember, the iPhone wasn't going to support third party apps to begin with, and it didn't have flash then either. So, they definitely did not have Super Monkey Ball in mind when the decision to leave it out was made.

Jobs's explanation of why it was left out seems to be the most logical reason. It makes a lot of sense. Full blown flash was too much and Flash lite was too little.