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Flash on an iPhone?

April 10th, 2009
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Flash is not supported on the iPhone

Flash is not supported on the iPhone

As many of you know, I love Apple products. Not to the exclusion of the everything else, but I’ve got to hand it to them. They’ve created product lines that, despite the often steep cost, attract users and keep them reeled in with great user experience and phenomenal practicality.

One thing has really been bugging me though… this whole issue about Flash on an iPhone. It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon and if it does, it will likely be a trimmed down, “do nothing” version. See the Wired.com article.

While I love my iPhone and a great part of the internet can be seen on it, it really ticks me off that they are essentially censoring my use of the internet. Not because of content appropriateness or service bandwidth issues and restrictions. They are censoring the internet on my device simply so they can keep a tight grip on the money they get from the App Store and the other paid-for downloadables that they provide. If you’re going to give me the web… give it all to me and let me decide what to view.

Sure I am missing a few fun games and other things from the world of Flash. But I am also missing access to some very important websites and data that I would like to get on my iPhone, including Adobe Flex-based reporting interfaces from work.

Apple, if you’re not going to allow Flash on the iPhone, at least give me a legit technical reason or something. Otherwise, find a way to make it work. It seems ridiculous that the “most advanced” phone device in the world, that does SO much, cannot even offer Flash. Meanwhile, other second-rate devices are, simply because they can. iPhone users pay good money for their phone and service (not to mention all the other Apple products they have also likely latched on to). It’s an insult really, that many of us professionals own these fantastic phones that we use for so many facets of our business and personal lives… but we can’t have Flash because Apple wants to take an even bigger slice of our paychecks.

I’m very curious to see how they handle this issue. I’ve loved Apple because of the flexibility, the power, the beauty of it all. But, this issue seems a bit too Micro$oft for my liking.

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