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  • Apple Finally Gives into Flash... Kinda... a Little



    Its seems the folks at Apple finally found that chill pill we had all hoped the company's executives would take at some point regarding Cupertino's strict, unrelenting, and, until now, less than malleable rules regarding Flash for iPhone, iPod, and iPad applications.

    On Thursday, however, Apple took a step back in hopes of quieting down the masses who claim that Apple's harsh restrictions for developers are "anti-competitive." In a nutshell, Apple said today that it will allow for scenarios in which Adobe’s Flash video software will work on Apple’s products.

    In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.
    With regulators, media, and cynical consumers breathing down Apple's back relentlessly on the company's anti-Flash posturing, it doesn't come as a complete shock that Apple is - at least somewhat - relaxing its uptight no-Flash policy, while still propping up its "security concerns" as a fail-safe for ensuring that Flash doesn't see runaway, rampant growth on the iOS platform.

    To read the full post from Apple, click here.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Finally Gives into Flash... Kinda... a Little started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Difficult to write flash apps w/o a player. But a positive step


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    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      And with flash I can...?
      YouTube is the only
      Thing I need.


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    1. TsukiakariUsagi's Avatar
      TsukiakariUsagi -
      You don't even need it for YouTube anymore because they are starting to support the HTML5 embedded video tag using H.264. Personally, I was always fine with the fact that flash wasn't allowed, especially considering how bloated it really is. Resource whores ftl.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Yay Flash!! Now I can watch videos.. wait.. i could do that before and most other content worth watching is transcoded to HTML 5 or has an app for that. Now I can play Flash games... oh wait.. those suck. What is the benefit of this?
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Hooray maybe we can use Hulu free now! Thats the only thing I use flash for since Facebook and YouTube made the jump to iPhone support.
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      I think this is a hint that apple accepted skyfire.
    1. barsoverbeats's Avatar
      barsoverbeats -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Yay Flash!! Now I can watch videos.. wait.. i could do that before and most other content worth watching is transcoded to HTML 5 or has an app for that. Now I can play Flash games... oh wait.. those suck. What is the benefit of this?
      +1
    1. cricketlang's Avatar
      cricketlang -
      This has absolutely nothing to do with with the Flash web content. It is referring to the Flash IPA packager which was introduced with CS5 then quickly shut down by Apple. This news will allow Flash/Flex developers to publish apps build with Flash as long as they do not run arbitrary code within themselves.

      Very poor written article. Not very clear to the average reader.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      "Apple has changed its stance on third party developer tools for iOS apps"

      they're not talking at all about Flash on the iPhone. Only about third party developer tools. They just reversed a decision they made earlier to go back to the way things were.this is likely just a response to the FTC investigating Apple and Apple wanting it to go away. They're not doing this for "openness" or out of the good of their hearts.
    1. takenlife's Avatar
      takenlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by maytrac View Post
      hmmmm.. o.O
      You're an idiot.

      Quote Originally Posted by cricketlang View Post
      This has absolutely nothing to do with with the Flash web content. It is referring to the Flash IPA packager which was introduced with CS5 then quickly shut down by Apple. This news will allow Flash/Flex developers to publish apps build with Flash as long as they do not run arbitrary code within themselves.

      Very poor written article. Not very clear to the average reader.
      He's new ! You can send pm's directly to him privately if that is a personal let down.

      Good job on finding some news that eases flash for support. I think apple is letting that (small) portion viable to their products/updates isn't a good idea. I have flash my other Droid from Verizon and it crashes few times. I'd rather use support of html5.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Yay Flash!! Now I can watch videos.. wait.. i could do that before and most other content worth watching is transcoded to HTML 5 or has an app for that. Now I can play Flash games... oh wait.. those suck. What is the benefit of this?
      Fail at comprehension of this news post...

      And why are you so completely and utterly against this? All of your "flash on iOS" posts are basically calling people idiots for wanting this. Forget the fact that it's flash and simply recognize that Apple has been pressured to lift (even if just a little bit) it's Nazi grip on the platform by us, the people, and the government! All I can say is "more please" regardless of whether or not I will make use of this new change. We don't need Apple playing "netnanny" and telling us what is and isn't good for us...
    1. takenlife's Avatar
      takenlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      you are a bag of douche.
      Hammer time. Nuh nuh nuh uh uh nuh

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Fail at comprehension of this news post...
      That orange does twist the story for the viewers lol.
    1. hnic247's Avatar
      hnic247 -
      I just want to watch videos without cloudbrowse..lol..that **** sucks..
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by cricketlang View Post
      This has absolutely nothing to do with with the Flash web content. It is referring to the Flash IPA packager which was introduced with CS5 then quickly shut down by Apple. This news will allow Flash/Flex developers to publish apps build with Flash as long as they do not run arbitrary code within themselves.

      Very poor written article. Not very clear to the average reader.
      you are lucky it's not a verizon iphone story today.we get one from him every two to four days hahahahaahhahahahaha...
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      This is more political than it is about necessity. HTML5 is what Apple products should have - period. Trash, uh.. flash is indeed loaded with bugs and my preference is to keep away from it, but, with regulators, lawsuits and the ma$$e$ crying out, money wins out.
    1. dajonu's Avatar
      dajonu -
      Quote Originally Posted by cricketlang View Post
      This has absolutely nothing to do with with the Flash web content. It is referring to the Flash IPA packager which was introduced with CS5 then quickly shut down by Apple. This news will allow Flash/Flex developers to publish apps build with Flash as long as they do not run arbitrary code within themselves.

      Very poor written article. Not very clear to the average reader.
      agreed!

      actually they are just allowing for other developer tools. rather than just xcode
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      What is the deal with Apple. I want flash. Who give a **** about battery life?
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Apple -1, Developers +1
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      What is the deal with Apple. I want flash. Who give a **** about battery life?
      to each his own I guess? You must stay near a power supply and really REALLY want to watch crappy videos, 24/7 on a 3 inch screen. On another subject, what is up with the pic of some greased up abs?
    1. actbad's Avatar
      actbad -
      Quote Originally Posted by TsukiakariUsagi View Post
      You don't even need it for YouTube anymore because they are starting to support the HTML5 embedded video tag using H.264. Personally, I was always fine with the fact that flash wasn't allowed, especially considering how bloated it really is. Resource whores ftl.
      So true.... 1up