Adobe Responds to the iPad's Lack of Flash

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As you're probably aware, the Apple iPad, like the iPhone and iPod Touch, doesn't support Flash. Apple has its reasons for this, but clearly Adobe isn't happy about it. Here's their response.


It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers. Unlike many other ebook readers using the ePub file format, consumers will not be able to access ePub content with Apple's DRM technology on devices made by other manufacturers. And without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the web.

If I want to use the iPad to connect to Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab — not to mention the millions of other sites on the web — I'll be out of luck.

Adobe and more than 50 of our partners in the Open Screen Project are working to enable developers and content publishers to deliver to any device, so that consumers have open access to their favorite interactive media, content, and applications across platform, regardless of the device that people choose to use.

The main arguments against Flash running on the iPad are that it's a resource hog and a security risk. Both true! Hopefully the web is moving away from relying on Flash for videos and ugly menus, with HTML5 acting as a more-than-adequate replacement. But we're not there yet. While I can appreciate the fact that Apple is trying to keep the iPad more stable by not including Flash, the fact that it kills off most online gaming and video streaming in the process makes the tradeoff questionable. [Adobe]



The funny thing here is that while Apple's move may be boneheaded short term, I get the feeling that people think that Adobe Flash is either the best thing that happened to the internet, invincible, or both. The iPhone received and still receives a great deal of flack about its lack of flash support, yet people still hog up bandwidth with it. Granted, the iPad's display real estate may prove to be a much larger gaping hole where some web content should be, but to be honest, after surfing the web and checking flash content on a regular computer, I've grown to hate its performance on both my system at work, as well as my MBP. Flash itself may not be the culprit, but rather the incompetent coders that create obnoxious and obtrusive flash mini games that serve as ad links to other websites, as well as other POS script feces that you may accidentally trigger when you pass your pointer over a word on something else (I'm sure many of you have seen this stuff). I seriously hope flash dies a swift and painful death.