iPhone users have been asking for support for Adobe Flash for years, and the newly-announced Apple iPad has been criticized for not offering this frequently-used Web technology. New comments from CEO Steve Jobs make it clear that Flash support is not in the cards for the iPhone or iPad.
Apple held a general employee meeting last week. It was private. but some of the remarks from the CEO have slipped out, including ones about Flash support.
Jobs reportedly described Adobe’s software as being buggy, and said that it frequently causes Mac desktops and laptops to crash.
Flash = Unnecessary
Apple’s CEO went on to say that Flash support in the iPhone and iPad is not necessary, as Adobe’s software will soon be replaced by HTML5, an emerging standard for creating web sites. This will include many of the technologies coders now turn to Flash for, such as support for streaming video.
The iPhone OS’s web browser already supports HTML5, and other smartphone operating systems are also getting on the bandwagon, most notably Google’s Android OS and Palm’s webOS.
At the same time, many of Apple’s rivals are embracing Flash, too. Adobe has promised to release a Flash browser plug-in for Android OS, webOS, Nokia’s Maemo OS, and Windows Mobile in the coming months.
More about Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash was created as a way to bring advanced multimedia features to the Web.
It allows developers to embed small applications into web pages. These can give sites very elaborate and graphic-rich navigation systems, and Flash is often used to create relatively simple games for sites.
In addition, this technology is one of the most commonly-used methods for streaming video on the Internet. Both YouTube and Hulu are Flash-based, for instance.
At this point, most smartphones lack full support for this technology, but Adobe has promised to do all it can to change that. As mentioned earlier, it is working on Adobe Flash 10.1 for a variety of mobile operating systems. This will give these smartphones the same Flash support as desktops and laptops.
Adobe is also working with RIM to bring Flash to the BlackBerry OS, but there are some technological hurdles that have to be overcome before this is possible.
Adobe has been trying to get Flash into the iPhone for years, but Apple has refused.