9to5mac say the iPad does have flash!

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  1. talkingfuture macrumors 65816

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  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Well im no expert in web stuff but couldnt that just be an alt tag thingy? i.e. if you dont have flash heres a nice image instead?
     
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  4. talkingfuture thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm no expert either but I thought it deserves some attention in case its true.
     
  5. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

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    Except the demos from the presentation didn't have the flash images. They had the little missing flash icon. The fellow on the Apple video might be using 4.0 which might have flash.
     
  6. Anuba macrumors 68040

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    Well it's the only way that the whole "OMG best surfing xperience evvuuurr!" gloating would make sense. Hate or love Flash, it's a staple of web content and it's not going away anytime soon, any more than the MP3 format has, despite the fact that we've had superior formats for 10 years. If you think something with a comically large market share is going to pop like a balloon as soon as something better comes along, you might wanna check out this thing called Windows.

    Flash support may be a bitter pill to swallow for Apple, but there's just no way around it and there won't be for many years to come.
     
  7. Sketh macrumors 6502

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    Ahhh zing.

    Feels good, doesn't it.


    As for the Flash, I would assume, in time, they'll add it in. Everyone just needs to chill out, because if apple is going to implement flash, they're going to do it to their standard, and as it stands, Flash isn't always a great experience and I don't think Apple would want something that takes away from the "magicalness" of using the iPad.
     
  8. Anuba macrumors 68040

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    Well the iPad is still 60 days away, and Adobe are known for taking their sweet time, so we shouldn't draw any far reaching conclusions from the blue lego piece in Steve's demo.

    The problem with Flash, and the likely reason why it never materialized on the iPhone, is that there's really no ceiling for CPU and memory hogging. Flash isn't just about 5 kB banners, you can build monstrous games, endless interactive tutorial videos and all sorts of stuff that's dozens of MB in size. And the ass-backwards rendering takes zero advantage of video acceleration hardware, the whole load is on the CPU which is why nothing can get the fans spinning like crazy or discharge a laptop battery like Flash can. If they want to keep the iPad from becoming the iFry they need to address this somehow.
     
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    If that is true then WHY would Adobe have issued its pissy missive yesterday. Makes as much since as those claiming Apple was going to let Verizon in even as Verizon was airing ads that put the iPhone on the Island of Misfit Toys.
     
  10. Sketh macrumors 6502

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    With 10.1, hardware acceleration of flash is possible, although I've really only been impressed with it running on the Pre, in mobile form.

    But in that lies a problem, I think Flash looks good on the Pre, which is much underpowered compared to the iPad.

    Apple COULD do it, they just aren't satisfied with the turn out, so they'll take their time as will Adobe.
     
  11. Anuba macrumors 68040

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    You mean this?
    Yeah, well... what if Apple were to develop their own Flash-compatible plugin, like they did with systemwide PDF compatibility in OS X? Yeah, I realize that there are serious copyright issues there, but Apple barely seem to care anymore... the names iPhone and iPad were spoken for but they just went ahead and claimed them anyway and dealt with the legal issues later. The have the equivalent of the state budget of a midsized European country in the bank.
     
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    And the best way to address is to ditch it entirely. They did already. 3 years ago with the iPhone/iPod touch. 75 million and counting that don't care about Flash. The iPad will be no different.

    We are seeing mockups here, not a super secret feature of 4.0
     
  13. Anuba macrumors 68040

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    Well, then there's 75 million content providers on the web who don't give a crap about the iPhone's 0.44% market share among web browsers.

    I don't care about Flash on my iPhone either, because the browsing experience is so littered with compromises anyway, but I would feel totally different if I had an iPad with a full sized web page in front of me. I doubt that I'm alone.
     
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    So if it does support Flash, are the "I am going to buy the iPad because it doesn't support Flash" people not going to buy one now?

    Sometimes people say the dumbest things.
     
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    I don't personally care about flash. I am not buying it because it doesn't have Flash. I really don't think I have heard anyone say that...

    If it has flash, it has it. I hope there is a way to turn it off, maybe an implementation like click2flash.

    If it has Flash, I will for sure get a second one for my fiancee, she loves some Farmville.
     
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    I had to add the bold to your comments for emphasis.

    I suppose that most users who complain about the absence of Flash don't realize how bad it is for the web and only care about the delivery of their content, not how it's delivered. JG's observation that Flash is the only proprietary "standard" on the web that is completely in control of Adobe's whims highlights why users should be grateful that Apple hasn't included this on the iPhone and held itself back.
     
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    Yeah, I can see them being real grateful when they buy "the best way to experience the web" iPad if they aren't aware of this, and their favourite sites don't work. Good news for bargain hunters in the refurb store though.
     
  19. G4R2 macrumors 6502a

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    The best experience on the web is, in fact, without Flash.

    Flash is proprietary, closed standard held exclusively by Adobe.

    The only benefits to having Flash on any device are to Adobe, particularly when better performing alternatives exist.

    Inclusion of Flash in a device actually slows the development of the device and ties the hands of the device's manufacturers. Gruber gives several good examples of this in his piece that I don't need to repeat here, including the reason why Safari now handles plug-ins the way it does. If Apple ever wanted to move to a different processor, go to 64 bits, or optimize in any way it would be at Adobe's mercy if Flash were incorporated in to Safari, no doubt at no small expense.

    Apple, I suppose, could be more clear for those who don't understand technology and say that the iPad is the best web experience Apple can provide. By including Flash Apple could only say that the iPad will be the best experience that Adobe can provide if, when, and how it chooses to.

    Bottom line is that the web will be better off when web users are weaned off of Flash and onto open standards.
     
  20. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    Even if Flash was introduced to iPhone OS, how would a lot of its features work?

    For instance, a lot of Flash apps respond to mouse pointer position and this is distinct from an actual mouse click (e.g. in Youtube in fullscreen mode, moving the mouse brings up a control bar etc.).

    How would you replicate this on a touch device? The ball's in Adobe's court for that one.
     
  21. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen. The fact that the Apple promo video appears to render the whole NYT page means nothing. Guess what? This video of Safari on iPhone also appears to show it rendering an area of the page that is actually Flash:

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/iphone-3gs/safari.html

    but alas on my actual iPhone, that's not what it looks like.

    It's a promo video. They could have shown Jonny Ive flying through space on a brushed aluminum and glass rocket if they wanted.
     
  22. Scorpio12345 macrumors member

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    Exactly! I don't know why people don't seem to understand where people are coming from! Its acceptable not to have flash on a phone, but the game changes completely when you have a far bigger screen, especially when you are claiming that netbooks suck and that you offer a better web experience than your own macs!!
     
  23. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    Indeed, they were probably surfing a static version of the NYT site hosted on an intranet deep within the bowels of Applecentral.
     
  24. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Could be. Apple did only launch the YouTube iPhone app after it's announcement, remember.
     

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