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Flash & iPhone…forget it!


Do you love Flash?  Do you have an iPhone?  Don’t run off with wild ideas of connecting the platform with the handset because, face it; it just isn’t going to happen.  In fact, you can even put money on the fact that it isn’t going to happen because Apple’s terms-of-service agreement states that using flash, or any other unauthorised software, on the handset is prohibited.

“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),” as it is put in clause 3.3.2 of the terms and agreements of the iPhone.

I’m sure many people out there love flash, love what it allows you to do, and as news surfaces that Adobe has just released a new player – Flash Player 10 – to the family, people are crying out for the application to be made available on the iPhone.  The application was demonstrated on Monday using Nokia’s Symbian platform, Google’s Android and the Windows Mobile operating system.

But don’t blame Adobe, who apparently are almost finished with an iPhone port, as it’s Apple who are refusing to allow the software onto their handset.  This refusal leaves some iPhone users stuck when trying to view some sites requiring flash; highly annoying.  Flash is most well used application when it comes to viewing video on the Internet and flash is installed on 98 per cent of computers connected to the Internet.

The CEO of Tapulous, creator of the Tap Tap Revenge iPhone game, Bart Decrem said, “I’m pretty sceptical that Flash could be implemented in a way that doesn’t violate the Terms of Service of the developer’s agreement.”

Until this release of the new Flash video player, only ‘lite’ versions of the application have been available on mobile handsets, however this full version comes after Adobe has been working closely with handset developers to create a version that will be able to run on all mobile operating systems.  However, Apple stands firm, along with Blackberry, that they won’t be hosting the software on its device.

Apple’s excuse for the software exclusion is that it will compete with the AppStore and iTunes that are already in place and providing Apple with handsome revenues.  Google on the other hand oppose this view, saying, “Google could care less if that were the case with Android.  Getting more people using mobile Internet is their primary concern.”

Apple have recently been accused of misleading the public through one of its advertising campaigns which stated that the iPhone provided all parts of the internet, when in fact the iPhone doesn’t support Java or Flash and the campaign was pulled from the public domain.

With websites maintaining an extremely high popularity for internet users, such as the likes of youtube, where the user needs Flash support to watch videos or play Flash games, the iPhone seems to be stabbing itself in the foot but not humouring Adobe’s Flash video player on its device.  Yet this problem is just one on a growing pile of problems – battery anyone? – and Flash is known for draining the life of a battery and eating up valuable graphics processing power.  Surely Steve Jobs can pluck an argument out of these small off-putting points somewhere.


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