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Fridays with your iPhone/iPod/iPad…why can’t I view Flash files?

May 20, 2010
Administrators' Technology Conference

Have you noticed that there are some videos that you can’t view with iPod/iPhone/iPad?

These are likely Flash files. Adobe has in recent years ruled the internet video world with Flash video. However, Apple refuses to allow Flash into its products. If you are like me, you don’t care why they are fighting you just want to be able to view these videos on your device. Enter HTML5.

We may actually see a compromise between Apple and Adobe occur with the new HTML5 due to debut at the end of the year. Adobe has recently added HTML5 capability in Dreamweaver and Apple will allow HTML5 in its devices.  Though we are still several months away from this compromise and we still have to overcome the problem of many videos and websites created in Flash, there is hope. Here is an excerpt from Steve Jobs open letter regarding Flash:

“Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.”

I would love to hear your thoughts on the Adobe vs. Apple showdown…

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 20, 2010 9:06 AM

    Good article. I read the open letter a few days ago, and I don’t care what Steve Jobs says, I (like adobe) think this is all about the app store and sales. If Apple allows flash on the iPhone, iPad, etc., then developers can circumnavigate the app store and build flash apps on the web; this would put a severe dent in app store sales, and Steve doesn’t want that!

    I understand that jQuery is replacing Flash for some things, but like Mr. Jobs pointed out, internet flash games are the things being affected the most, and my kids play a ton of those games. There are MANY education oriented online flash games for kids, so what now? Those won’t be replaced easily.

    I just hope adobe and apple can start playing nice in the near future, but I’m not holding my breath!

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