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  • Websites Going Flash Free for iPad, iPhone

    If there's one lesson we've clearly learned about Apple, it's that Cupertino gets what Cupertino wants. And what Cupertino wants at present is a smorgasbord of websites, mobile applications, and other digital content suppliers to crank out new flash-free offerings optimized for the iPad.

    Apparently, Apple's wish is everyone else's command. Despite the consistent barbs from critics, Apple is successfully changing the way many websites would have otherwise functioned with Flash for the sake of capturing a chunk of the tablet's presumably large forthcoming audience.

    Today, the world learned that both National Public Radio and The Wall Street Journal are also bucking large chunks of their Flash content and, instead, now working on iPad-specific versions of their websites.

    NPR and the WSJ are in good company. As we recently witnessed, a growing number of companies - not even those confined to the publishing or broadcasting industries - are changing how they do business in order to accommodate how Apple is doing business. Virgin America recently endeared itself to iPhone users by removing all Flash content that would have impeded travelers from checking their flight status on the popular Apple smartphone.

    While its premature to estimate if Apple's no-Flash posturing will do irreparable damage to Adobe, it is clear at present that companies want - and need - Apple. And if Apple goes without Flash, it seems so too will others - many others.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Websites Going Flash Free for iPad, iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I have to admit the people who say Flash needs to dies or it sucks are nearly all Apple Mac users.
      Flash and Shockwave players are soo buggy on Mac OS X where as it's smooth on Windows 7. I know because I use Snow Leopard and Windows 7 on Bootcamp.
      Safari crashes alot more than IE does when playing Flash games so I can see why Flash will never come to the iPhone unless Adobe support OS X like they do with Windows.
      There's no CPU increase when using sites with Flash.

      MacBook Pro 2.66Ghz Core 2 Duo - June 2009 Model. CPU usage is around 5% unless I open a program that uses alot of CPU, Windows 7 this is. Will try when I boot back into OS X.
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      "Safari crashes alot more than IE does" <-- just pointing out that even M$ fanboys will tell you that IE is the worst browser ever invented. Do yourself a favor and change to FF (recommended even though its getting a bit bloated recently) opera (meh if you are a web designer opera is great otherwise its got useless features) or Google Chrome (if it works on mac hardware has apple blocked this yet? lol I joke) but do yourself a favor and stop using IE on your windows boot also don't install Safari for windows on it because its junk on windows lol.
    1. Kroo's Avatar
      Kroo -
      You just know when someone uses the term "Apple fanboys" they don't have a credible argument and need to use such terms to toss their hatred around. So according to all you flash "fanboys", we have no right to ask for alternatives or an opponent to flash. Geez, and you call apple IT Nazis. Why are you people so afraid of change or competition. I don't expect you M$ fanboys to understand the issues with flash, not just with OSX but with Linux as well and if you know anything about coding you would know how bad flash is written. Full of security holes and bugs (PC's included). And to say we gave to suck it up and except it, well no IT company will last with that attitude and so we have this push against flash. We're here, have no fear, get used to it!! Say goodbye to flash.
    1. Kroo's Avatar
      Kroo -
      You know it's sad when you have to explain to some people about the use of irony to make a point. Like having to explain a joke to someone. So I'll dumb it down for you sweet, it's called I R O N Y. Abs it was done si pointedly. Sorry you can't understand that. Hmm