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Adobe slams Apple's iPad snub

Many people are infuriated by Apple's ongoing reluctance to integrate Flash web technology into its products – but none more than the software's developer, Flash.

Appearing online in the hours that followed Steve Jobs' iPad reveal last night, a new entry on the Adobe blog reads:

"It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers".

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Noctis Aftermath2373d ago

It's just apple/steve jobs being stubborn and the consumers are the ones suffering.
Hopefully someone gives him a good hard slap so he wakes up and implements it.

kneon2373d ago (Edited 2373d ago )

Everything Jobs and co do is directly related to extracting the maximum income from his flock. By enabling flash or Java then many of those mini games that people are paying a few cents for on the app store could be had for free. Free and Apple just don't go together :)

darthv722373d ago

does apple have their own type of flash media format? It would make sense that they snub flash because they want to promote their own format on their own hardware.

I thought they had a version of quicktime that did what flash and shockwave did...?

WhittO2373d ago

it may be a resource hog like they are saying, but they should give that choice to the consumer and if they wish to use flash but have lower battery life.
i'm sure most people would turn flash on anyway.

Cant hurt to include it and have it as an option to turn on in the settings menu!

I really think that they are keeping flash off their mobile platforms because they would see many people using games etc for free on websites rather than using their App store.

travelguy2k2373d ago

as an app/patch that you can buy on the appstore, that way they can profit from Flash also... and we can all have an internet surfing device that isn't gimped.

ReBurn2372d ago

Yep, just comes right down to revenue.

Kakkoii2372d ago

Same reason their charging $130 extra for the 3G version, which cost's them less than $10 extra to make over the non-3G version.

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Raf1k12373d ago (Edited 2373d ago )

What possible advantage could there be to not allow or even restrict Flash on Apple devices?

edit: good point.

Sangria2373d ago

Maybe they plan to release another iPad a year later with Flash compatibility and 16/9 screen for $100 more, just like they did with iPhone 3G and 3GS.

feelintheflow2373d ago (Edited 2373d ago )

They claim that flash is an energy and resource hog, and to make their mobile devices work as efficiently as they do, they would not be able to have flash. One thing I heard is that they said it would cut the 10hr battery life to about 3-4 if people were using programs with flash. Don't know how true that is, and can't say i agree, but thats just what I have heard that apple has said about it.

edit: I don't think either Iphone does flash either, so I don't see what your point about a later version has to do with it. It is a software issue not a hardware issue.

TheROsingleB2373d ago

Apple is afraid to integrate flash because of all the free games, free streaming TV and free streaming video/movies you would have access to if Flash were available on their devices. It would render the App Store for video and games pretty useless, and apple would not see nearly as much money from those areas.

Thats the reason.

darthv722373d ago

"I don't think either Iphone does flash either, so I don't see what your point about a later version has to do with it. It is a software issue not a hardware issue."

But can't the iphone/touch access sites like youtube? Isnt youtube using flash for their streaming?

Unless there is a plugin that converts flash to quicktime on the fly...?

feelintheflow2373d ago

That is why I can see it on my original iphone and you can watch it on the ipad as in the demonstration. No doubt it has something to do with them wanting to make money form the itunes store on video though. It is not a hardware issue. The 3g iphone can not use flash either. Hope this clears it up.

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Theoneneo812373d ago

I agree Flash is highly overrated youtube switched over to HTML5 i would expect Hulu to do the Same in a year or two.

Major_Tom2373d ago

HTML5 is still a long ways off, and the flash doesn't need the iPad, the iPad desperately needs flash.

Bonsai12142373d ago

definitely the way to go.

WhittO2373d ago

You Tube does use flash in their interface, the "proper" site anyway.
The iphone site for You Tube is awfull when searching for videos, not being able to sort videos out into date etc = fail.

Kakkoii2372d ago (Edited 2372d ago )

Doesn't matter how well HTML 5 get's adopted.

1.) It still doesn't have anywhere near the feature set of Flash.

2.) So much of the world wide web has integrated Flash/Java content, and there's no way that even 1/10 of it would be ported over to HTML 5 within 5 years.

It's just plain foolish, ignorant and greedy to not implement flash. Under the logic of the battery life argument, you could then argue that there shouldn't be any sort of music or video support either. As listening to music or watching videos drastically decreases battery life also.

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Noob2373d ago (Edited 2373d ago )

The device is bigger and has more power, so why no flash support? I have a 3 year old nokia internet tablet that's capable of flash(that can be turned on and off) and pretty cheap, so there's no excuses. May as well stick with an iPod touch/iPhone or just buy a netbook. Maybe they'll get it right next year.

feelintheflow2373d ago

From what I have read it has to do with battery life from a system resource hog like flash. I am no tech wizard, its just what they are saying. So who knows. Html5 is supposed to be replacing flash anyway at some point isnt it?

Major_Tom2373d ago

It's licensing and apps, it's not anything to do with resource.

Everything you can possibly imagine is available in flash, obviously Apple recognizes the threat otherwise flash would be on there.

Kakkoii2372d ago

@feelintheflow:

Under the logic of the battery life argument, you could then argue that there shouldn't be any sort of music or video support either. As listening to music or watching videos drastically decreases battery life also.

DJ2373d ago

With their marketing and encourage all other smartphone producers to advertise their major advantage over the iPhone and iPad. Without Flash, a good chunk of the Internet simply isn't available for use.

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