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Adobe Flash on iPhone in two months?

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Thu July 5, 2007

WSJ on iPhone Flash

Apple plans to add Adobe Flash support on the iPhone relatively quickly, says Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal. The technology columnist reports that Apple already expects to release a software update for the phone in the near future that will deliver at least part of the functionality through Safari, permitting the many web-based video sites and other pages that use Flash for animation or interfaces to display properly. No timeframe has been given, but the fix could occur within "a couple of months," Mossberg estimates.

The lack of a plugin has not been explained by either Adobe or Apple, but is widely believed to have stemmed from a need to tailor the code for the iPhone's touch interface and to optimize its performance for the mobile environment. The introduction of a custom YouTube program that plays web clips re-encoded in H.264 has been seen by some as a stopgap solution, meant to overcome complaints about features absent from the web browser.

Apple has to date kept quiet on what future updates will bring to the phone, with company chief Steve Jobs so far only alluding to full Exchange support and other hooks for corporate networks within the next few weeks.

by MacNN Staff




  1. nhmlco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash. Yuck.

    I hope they let you turn it off. The last thing I need is to be browsing on EDGE and hit a site with 300MB's worth of Flash "rich" advertising.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not good

    for keeping the iPhone secure or usable. Adding Flash will just have everyone making Flash apps for the iPhone which will look and behave crappy.

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I need my

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Disagree somewhat

    Generally speaking, Flash Apps are small, and quick loading. I agree with the need to turn them on and off (maybe even on a per site basis). Lots of radio stations use Flash to stream their content, for example.

    And if Flash is designed properly, the media will stream as opposed to pre-loading.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    flash is not the problem

    with bad flash sites. it's the people who made the sites. learn the distinction. flash is just a great technology, misused by many idiots. but when it's done right, it is a fantastic rich application interface.

    so just stay away from bad websites, flash or otherwise. no one forces you to go there.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wait a minute....

    aren't YouTube videos pushed thru a Flash interface ?

    At least that's what it shows when I navigate to a video on their site and either Control-CLick or Right-Click to mess with options and settings_

    And if memory serves correctly - the "final" missing button on the iPhone turned out to be a link to YouTube_

    hmm... Confusion_

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969



    YouTube is encoding all content to H.264 which the iPhone already supports.

  1. dewhast

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Need my

    Need flash for that. My dream is one day watching my Tigers on my iphone through Of course I can just watch it on my laptop but that isn't as fun.

  1. vertigociel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quick, Small Flash Files

    Any flash developer worth their salt only uses the .swf as a presentation layer akin to CSS, and streams the actual content from XML/HTML files as needed, which makes the resulting site snappy and responsive.

  1. andersonoscar5

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The PDA phones have been about along while now all with touchscreen tech. and each new one has improved sencitivity. I got no doubts that the iphone will let us down. Ive hear that there will be 5 colours aswell. Exciting stuff

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