Adobe Responds To iPad’s Lack Of Flash
With so many similarities to the iPhone and iPod touch (the OS kernel being one of them), it was no surprise that the device doesn’t support Adobe Flash. Still, now that Apple has expanded the products with that limitation to include a tablet, some think Apple is pushing their anti-Flash agenda a little too far. Adobe is understandably one of them, and they have issued a public response announcing that they intend to fight Apple’s unofficial boycott.
Like with the iPhone, there are legitimate reasons for leaving out Flash support. Flash has a tendency to hog resources, and can pose security risks. Meanwhile, HTML5 is gaining ground as a result, with Youtube and Vimeo both transitioning to HTML5. Still, Apple is trading users’ ability to access a lot of content in the process.
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.
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