Sunday, January 31, 2010


There has been talk about Apple’s new iPad where a lot of the grief comes from the fact that the device doesn’t support Adobe Flash. If I’m not mistaken, I believe everyone already recognizes that this device is meant only for consumption. It is a media consumption device that is not meant to produce media. This is why so many people are upset at Apple’s stance against Flash; it is an integral part of surfing the internet. That said, Flash is a plugin (read: “app”) whose features cannot be approved or disapproved by Apple. As it stands, Flash can do too many things and in a negative way for Apple.
  • Users could play free Flash-based games rather than pay for them.
  • Developers could build apps in Flash rather than on the iPhone platform.
  • Apple cannot regulate the type of apps you use if these apps are Flash and located on a web page.
  • Apple cannot regulate what new features Adobe decides to add into Flash.
  • Flash can theoretically circumvent some iPhone/iPod/iPad security features.
  • Flash developers could create interfaces that mimic and/or confuse –even trick—users.
  • Flash is processor-intensive and might affect a user’s experience on the device.
Apple’s decision to ban Adobe Flash is definitely controversial. However, as a business and technical decision, it’s one that has been thought out very thoroughly. There are a lot of intelligent people at Apple and these decisions weren't made on a whim. Adobe, as with the rest of Apple users, can argue this out, the fact still remains: Flash can do too many things that can negative affect the iPhone experience.

(BTW, I still love my Blackberry)

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