No Flash Support in iPhone OS: What is the Reason Behind it? Will it Matter in the Future?

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imageNo Flash Support in iPhone OS: What is the Reason Behind it? Will it Matter in the Future?

Ever since Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, it seems like the world has been divided into two - One group comprising of those who adore the iPad and the other group that hates it. For the moment, it appears like even a lot of traditional Apple fanboys have chosen to...

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  • James
    James Posts: 258
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    Apple is in a bad spot... and the only way they are going to survive this is if flash runs poorly on all the android phones..

  • Zac
    Zac Posts: 0
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    Like Steve said, we just need to ditch Flash all together and move to HTML5. Flash is the biggest piece of junk. Yes its sad that the iPad doesn't support it, but whats more sad is how dependent people have become on such shotty technology and coding.

    I think Steve is smart in doing his part in trying to push HTML5 more into the mainstream to replace Flash.

  • Ruiz
    Ruiz Posts: 1
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    HTML probably wont replace adobe flash anytime soon tho, too many sites use flash already and are probably to lazy to upgrade just for mac. They used to say Blueray would replace DVDs and here we are.

  • Visitor
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    well, so far i have enjoyed reading all news and comments,i visit this site several times a day.Come on people show a little class.How could you be so low and sick to say something like that.Let's concentrate on commenting and giving an opinion about the news not behaving like crazy shitty heads like "Death"

  • iPhoneHacks
    iPhoneHacks Posts: 2,315
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    Completely agree, such comments are unacceptable.

    We're here to have a healthy discussion.

  • Devilsh
    Devilsh Posts: 0
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    This isn't about making a statement about whether flash is good or bad for the web. This is really about controlling content and making sure Apple gets it's piece of it.

    With Flash you have hulu and sites of that ilk. Apple doesn't want hulu on the iphone/ipad. It eats at store revenue. Plain and simple, Flash circumvents the app store. Apple doesn't want that.

    Unfortunately, this is bad for Apple and consumers.

  • Chris
    Chris Posts: 736
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    GOOD POINT STOP THE BABY CRYING ON IPHONE HACKS. ALL I HERE IS WANNNNNNAA NO FLASH CRY CRY NO CAMERA. Grow up children i agree that the ipad is lacking but bitching about it is not gona fix it any time soon. The ipad is apples 500$ kindle that does vid mp3 web email, im, and 140,000 apps that no EBOOK can add up to. NO it is not the dream of a 1000$ mac tablet running os 10 with vid chat and flash support. But for real would u buy a 1000$ laptop or a 1000$ tables. Objective opinions that have real world applications would be better in this fourm.

  • James
    James Posts: 258
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    I agree with Devilsh,

    What are the chances of flash running poorly on other smart phones though? Perhaps some of Apple's claims are true and it simply isn't practical to run Flash, because at the end of the day, Apple knows that eventually even HTML5 will pose a threat to itunes sales just as Flash does right now.

    either way Apple can't keep the consumer from accessing "FREE" content forever...

  • LWJ
    LWJ Posts: 0
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    Apple is dumb for not supporting flash..

    competition is competition..

    face it and not run away from it!

  • katsuboi
    katsuboi Posts: 99
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    For now, ipods/iphones needs to support flash. The majority of web content includes flash, so make a device that supports it.

    When websites start changing over and flash is less and less prominent, then drop flash support. It's really annoying right now not being able to view flash content on so many popular sites.

    If the concern is speed, then include a setting that lets us disable flash when browsing.

  • Michael
    Michael Posts: 316
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    I'm a web designer. I started with HTML, dabbled in Flash, learned CSS, did a little Java, and came back to Flash.

    It's not a hog, but it can be if used improperly.

    It's not buggy. In actuality, HTML/CSS/JAVA implementation across browsers poses a much greater issue.

    Which leads to HTML5. Flash is consistent across all browsers because Adobe controls it.

    Jobs in this case has no idea what he's talking about.

  • Masum
    Masum Posts: 0
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    Flash works perfectly fine on my HTC Hero, why wouldn't it run smoothly on my 3gs?????

    sounds like apples want to protect profit margins

  • Fotografo
    Fotografo Posts: 1
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    I have two business web site based upon a flash gallery: and the war beteween Apple and Adobe is pushing me to find a new way to build photo galleries for my sites. In the last year I had a lot of contacts coming from mobile device and in particular from IPHONE. It will be better if they found an agreement.

  • Date A gadget
    Date A gadget Posts: 1
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    Cloud browse app can be used to browse flash websites on iphone

  • Paul
    Paul Posts: 239
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    It really is too bad - as a hardware provider, they're choosing not to allow their users to see 100% of the internet.

    I think we should tell them otherwise! is a site to build a strong petition and present it to Apple - show them us Apple lovers WANT to continue to love them :)

    We'll also provide code for websites with flash to detect iPhone and iPad users and tell them that Apple has decided not to support Flash - regardless of the reason - we wanna see it!

  • cheimbecker
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    As a RIA developer in the Flex framework, creating business/enterprise class software applications which run on AS3 as Flash, I cannot support/promote any device that attempts to limit what content you can access. The iphone is not China, but it is censoring content over illegitimate concerns in the same way that communist state limits access to content as "unsafe". The internet is about innovation, not inhibition. Until the iphone development people accepts that ALL content is worthy of end-user access, I simply do not have any tolerance for such a device.

  • dave
    dave Posts: 389
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    Best solution is to get iPhone for apps and get a good netbook which will let you sync your idevice play your iTunes content and surf the whole Internet. For the cost of the highest priced iPad you could get the sweetest netbook ever made. Or if you're rich get a Mac book air. Easy fix. Oh and iPhone has links to tons of web apps already on it. They are free play on HTML5 friendly devices so what's this rubbish about jobs being afraid about having web based apps as a competitor? Html5 server the same purpose? This was a dumb read!

  • Payton
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    Apple, and many posters are really missing the bigger picture. I'm a huge apple fan and Investor but I have unfortunately had to ditch my iPad for one very important reason. Many critical online websites for businesses and schools alike still use flash. There are many people like me who don't have a choice to forego these websites just because we prefer html5. Apple needs to get off its high horse with this one and listen to the users who support them!
  • Shannon
    Shannon Posts: 18
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    You make no sense. English please? By the way the dollar symbol should be in the front $500. You should learn how to speak in complete sentences. Your spelling is also lacking luster.