Something About Why Over 95% Of Browsers Use Flash, but Flash NOT in the iPad

ipad-flash-100129-6-300x270Apple has been adamant about not supporting Flash on the iPad. Despite over 95% of browsers use flash, and although the consistent bashing from critics, but I think Apple is successful, because many websites have been changing — like National Public Radio(NPR) and Wall Street Journal(WSJ), in process of building a version of its Web site designed specifically for the iPad, the sites(contents) will be basically the same, but the flash bits will be replaced by HTML5.

NOBODY can say the iPad may hasten the death of Flash, but I think it is only the first of many similar stories that we can look forward to—if Adobe keep the format of Flash closing. Even HTML5 is still being developed now, even this technology isn’t widely used now.

We have discussed Will HTML5 + CSS + JavaScript Really Be Flash And Silverlight Killer? some days before, and the article Adobe Flash Not Good Enough For The iPhone–Is this just a ploy on Job’s part be posted long long ago.

It seems more and more devices don’t support Flash, anybody know why?

Is flash bad? 

Does apple want you to get your games and videos from the app store and iTunes?

Flash player is free to end-users but Apple must pay a license fee to Adobe?

Or they don’t want the Flash standard?

Apple announced that the main arguments against Flash running on the iPad are that it’s a resource hog and a security risk. But most people not very convincing.


Here’s Adobe 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.


Anyway, even Flash really caused web runs 20% slower, but if kill flash, did that mean runs NEVER?  Being limited is not a blessing, just give users an easy way to enable/disable flash on a site-by-site basis and let them decide if they’re worried about performance or security. Not sure problem can be solved, but that will be better.

For Adobe Flash, not only the developers but also a normally web consumer, all sincerely hope that clean, open formats will emerge sooner rather than later.

At last, whether you hate Flash or you love it, the realities that will keep Flash developers around for years to come. Because Internet Explorer still accounts for close to 60% of all Web browsing and it can’t properly render HTML5.

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6 Responses to “Something About Why Over 95% Of Browsers Use Flash, but Flash NOT in the iPad”

  1. Well said about the fact and state of IE. I hope many of web consumers will not necessarily need Apple’s blessings as we see many more web access devices supporting Flash in near future.

  2. John Dowdell says:

    “It seems more and more devices don’t support Flash, anybody know why? “

    I see that the opposite is true… Apple’s tactics have drawn more devices into – not only using Flash – but working with Adobe to *optimize* for Flash.

    The Open Screen Project probably would not have been as successful, had it not been for Apple’s opposition…. ;-)


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  6. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a big collection of all types of apps vs a fairly sad collection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, in particular in the realm of games, but I’m not guaranteed I’d want to bet on the potential if this facet is essential to you. The iPod is a a lot superior option in that scenario.

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