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Flash for iPhone/iPod touch imminent?

updated 10:25 am EST, Tue February 12, 2008

Flash for iPhone soon?

Flash for the iPhone and the iPod touch may be "just around the corner," a new report suggests. The web technology has been in high demand since the iPhone was released in June, not simply for its use in video and animation on many pages, but also for the potential in developing applications and games. Apple has yet to make much public comment on the matter; it is typically said that the obstacle has been battery life, since high activity in the display and processor rapidly consumes energy.

According to the report's source though, the real issue has been "business negotiations," and Flash should thus become available in the very near future. One possibility is that it may be announced alongside the release of the iPhone SDK, which is due later this month. This would give developers much greater flexibility.

The site making the claims is the same that first leaked the v1.1.3 iPhone firmware, demonstrating features such as icon rearrangement and the Google Maps location-finder. The official Apple release proved to be identical.

by MacNN Staff



  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    who cares...

    ...about the battery life - the whole damned thing is a graphical interface - wth animations and all sorts of things to fuel battery consumption_

    Give us a Flash Plugin option_

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    apple claims...

    that the iPhone is running a full desktop OS - and that the version of Safari running on the iPhone is also a full desktop browser - but not really - without being able to support Flash/ Shockwave - it's not_

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not essential, but nice

    Flash is a great way to view media (movies, music, radio stations), it will certainly be a nice addition to the iPhone. Hopefully it will soon be available.

    AT&cheap won't like it, since it will be more data access

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969


    is it me...

    ... or is about 95% of Flash on the internet goes for ad banners? Yes, there are some sites that require Flash support, but they are few. All the rest is just abusing Flash to bug visitors with blinking, jumping, swaying and ...ehh... flashing commercials? Do people really need this?

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why so long?

    Essentially the ability for flash on iPhone is evident with the youtube support ... if people are worried about battery life, just give the ability to turn off flash support in Safari ... no different than Javascript switch?

    I can't wait.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no flash

    Users need to be able to block flash if they want to - those internet ads are horrible. I hope someone comes up with Flashblock for Safari, like Firefox and Camino have. It's great - it puts a button wherever there's flash content, and the user chooses whether to play it or not.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Flash is a necessary web technology used in many sites, and not just for ads. With Adobe's new AIR technology Flash development is likely to increase. If you don't want Flash content just remove the plugin, or write Applescript that moves them to the disabled plugins folder. /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/Disabled Plug-Ins/

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Flash is completely useless... and a sign of lazy web coders.

    Aside from the fact that Flash has been abused by the banner ad community for the longest time, with very few exceptions, Flash sites are mostly c*** - and those sites where Flash might be complementary, the same can be achieved with Ajax and Javascript. This is mostly menu enhancements, cross-fading slideshows, and such.

    As for video content - Apple's implementation of YouTube has shown that quicktime works better, and which is why YouTube has been converting their entire library to H.264 -- H.264 content looks better, is smaller, downloads faster, and costs less bandwidth.

    Lastly, Adobe has still failed to deliver an efficient version of Flash - for the most part if seriously slows down your browser, when you have more than one Flash element on screen -- if it does that to dual 2GHz Macs, imagine how iPhone running at 600MHz would be affected.

    Don't provide it, stay away from it.

  1. ApeInTheShell

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash on the iPod Touch

    We have been clamoring for a Flash plug-in since day one and now that the developer kit is being released by the end of February it is about time. People are using Flash for their websites and video outside of Youtube and other popular outlets. Sure you can use scripts embedded in HTML but they have their limitations. Even CSS was created to enhance HTML and make it more like WYSIWYG. Quicktime is a great format and more superior to Flash but that does not mean it is used by everybody. DiVX is another format that is not astounding but it gets the job done.

    No Flash support would just create more unruly customers not willing to buy the iPod Touch because of that limitation.

  1. OkieDoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    games games games

    Who cares about video? I want access to all of the Flash GAMES.

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