Even though iPad mini may come in a smaller package, it still packs a lot of screen real estate into its form factor with its 7.9" display compared to iPad's 9.7". In fact, the display-to-size ratio is significantly better on iPad mini. For the trade-off in dimensions, iPad mini provides a superior screen real estate that will not feel all that cramped for regular iPad users. Exactly how much of the display does iPad mini, with its absolutely immense reduction in size and weight, pack compared to iPad? Read on for the specifics.
Steve Jobs doesn't make it a frequent habit to post his feelings on the Apple website. So when he does, it's a big deal. One of the most notable open letters published may have single handedly put an end to DRM. That particular rant was not against any single company, but an idea. Today, however, Jobs has posted a strong letter that is directed at Adobe, specifically Flash.
Apple fired off another shot at Adobe this week with the change in the developer agreement, banning apps that are developed using a cross-compiler like the Flash-to-iPhone compiler which be in Flash CS5 when it is released soon. MonoTouch, a tool that compiles C# and .NET apps to the iPhone, is also effected by this change in the developer agreement, but with the recent history between Apple and Adobe (specifically Flash), it appears that Apple is going after Flash directly.
Below is the complete language for section 3.3.1 of the developer agreement.
Brightcove, the online video provider for large brands such as The New York Times and Time, Inc., announced today that they will be supporting HTML5 video for their customers. This announcement conveniently falls mere days before the launch of the iPad which will not support Flash video, which has been the traditional means of delivering online video.
In the wake of the great Flash controversy of 2010, airline Virgin America appears to be stepping up to support Apple's portable devices. The company recently dropped Flash from its web site in favor of HTML5 in order to improve performance and increase compatility with devices such as Apple's iPhone according to The Register.
"I don't want to cater to one hardware or one software platform one way to another, and Flash eliminates iPhone users," said Virgin America's Chief information officer Ravi Simhambhatla.
Apple's been saying for a while now that they don't want Flash on the iPhone or iPad for technical reasons, but it's pretty obvious that that doesn't hold much water. Adobe Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen, while giving a talk at the Goldman Sachs technology conference taking place this week, said what we know to be the obvious reason: keeping the App Store as the only way to get apps.
When Apple showed the iPad running Flash content in the promotional video, it caused a significant amount of confusion regarding the iPad's capabilities. They since removed Flash content from the video after getting so much attention for it. However, the video is once again showing the New York Times website rendering perfectly, with Flash content included.
However, we're skeptical that this indicates a change in Apple's stance on Flash. Since the video initially showed Flash, Apple has publicly indicated that they have no intention of including it on the iPad.
According to sources in the know about the event, Steve Jobs suggested to the Wall Street Journal that they should ditch Flash, saying that not only was it a "CPU hog" that woudl shorten the iPad's battery life from 10 hours to 1.5, but was also full of "security holes" and is a dying technology.
By now, we all know why Apple doesn't want Flash on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, but you can't deny there's a lot of demand for it. Adobe says that they received a total of roughly 7 million download requests to install a Flash player plugin that came from iPhones and iPod touches in just the month of December, 2009. It may not be all that surprising, but it's concrete evidence of just how many users out there would prefer Apple let Flash run on their iPhone.
We were sad to see that Hulu wouldn't be working on the iPad with Safari's lack of Flash, especially since it's the second-largest video streaming site on the web. Luckily that may change. Word from an "industry insider" says that Hulu may be planning to have an iPad-friendly version of their site by the time the iPad reaches consumers' hands in March of this year.