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  • All Aboard for Flash 10.1... With One Exception

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    As noted in multiple online forums, including our very own, Apple remains aloof from the Open Screen Project, an Adobe-sponsored initiative to ensure access to "rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere."

    Research in Motion, Nokia, Palm, Google and Microsoft, among others, announced their support for the effort to bring Flash 10.1 to their mobile devices. "We are excited about the broad collaboration of close to 50 industry leaders in the Open Screen Project and the ongoing collaboration with 19 out of the top 20 handset manufacturers worldwide," said Adobe's David Wadhwani, in an amusingly fat shot across the bow of handset manufacturer #20: Apple, Inc.

    Apple's own terms of service for the iPhone SDK prohibit self-executing code, as revealed by WikiLeaks:
    An Application may not itself install or launch other executable code by any means, including without limitation through the use of a plug-in architecture, calling other frameworks, other APIs or otherwise... No interpreted code may be downloaded and used in an Application except for code that is interpreted and run by Apple’s Published APIs and built-in interpreter(s).
    So as much as the industry may be moving in a Flashy direction, Apple has pretty much locked itself out by its own actions. However, one thinks it unlikely that this is keeping them up at night in Cupertino: in addition to the often aggressive independence we have come to expect from One Infinite Loop, there are engineering reasons to be cautious.

    Flash introduces a whole potential slew of vulnerabilities, from memory leaks to security holes and draining the already leaky iPhone battery. Developers will continue to use other open standards to deliver video and rich content to the iPhone. It will remain to be seen how much business is lost by this decision, either to other platforms or to non-authorized apps running on jailbroken phones.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: All Aboard for Flash 10.1... With One Exception started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. deathofallthings's Avatar
      deathofallthings -
      A hulu app would probably keep me happy. That's all I really want flash for on my phone anyway. I tend to agree that most of the time flash is just kind of annoying.
    1. Zehlek's Avatar
      Zehlek -
      So far with AlwaysonPC app for the iPhone you can use FireFox and it uses Flash
    1. ddonuts4's Avatar
      ddonuts4 -
      Sweet! Now if someone just ports this to the iPhone... I would gladly pay over $20 dollars for flash on my iPod touch

      (edit: for jailbroken itouches /iPhones only of course)
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      I don't understand. People keep talking about the iPhone SDK and how it currently wouldn't allow for Flash. That's if Adobe released Flash as an app in the App Store. If Apple added it themselves in a firmware update, the SDK restrictions wouldn't matter.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I am sure in time... Apple will add flash to the iphone. I don't see it for awhile but I do see it coming down the pipe.

      I don't care one way or another if they add it or not. I don't cruse the internet on the phone much because of the crappy edge connection.
    1. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      I want to get flashh on the iphoneee
    1. ebl4287's Avatar
      ebl4287 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RonHC View Post
      *Puts gun into mouth while crying*
    1. ankit_jedi's Avatar
      ankit_jedi -
      hey guys!!!!...this just popped up in Google News!!

      Adobe puts flash on apple's iphone - The Inquirer
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      i think it is more "if so and so has it, i want it on my iPhone, too"
      Flash is dying and needs to go away. It is not needed on the iPhone. The app store can provide way better solutions than Flash can.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      19 out of 20?
      cmon apple we know u can make the best of this
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      I want it cuz "they" told me NO...
    1. uunnzz's Avatar
      uunnzz -
      Lol knowing how shady apple is they will probably have better battery life and flash support with the iPhone 3gx next year... X = xtra speed or some bs like that. Everything will be identicle to the existing iPhone except it will have flash and you will have to pay for the phone again to use it. Damn you apple. You could at least give people the option to run flash.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      just like MMS, the iPhone should have had it from the beginning. it's very frustrating.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Hey him121213, Apple may not be stupid, but they are lame!
    1. hacker.yogi's Avatar
      hacker.yogi -
      I m not enemy of MAC of Iphone. Even own Iphone 3gs but u knw i sometime hate my cell as it plays dull roll while sharing...

      Actually apple is making gr8 money on name of copyright reserve and bla bla.. who cares .. ?

      Anyway thnx for ur update.
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Flash on the iPhone would hurt the AppStore.
    1. vvilliamm's Avatar
      vvilliamm -
      i thought that adobe and apple isnt getting along with this flash idea for the iphone ? and i heard that theres something that converts flash to an app on the iphone.
    1. joshbot's Avatar
      joshbot -
      Adobe released this video showing new Flash designed apps running on the iPhone. Adobe Labs - Adobe Flash Professional CS5: Applications for iPhone