Apple 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.
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.