Anyone Remember iPhone Flash Support?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ddarko, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. ddarko macrumors 6502

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    So we're in the new year and after quite a number of updates, the device that was supposed to offer internet browsing without compromise still does not support Flash. Forget the question of whether sites should be designed that way - that train left the station long ago. But Apple advertises on its site that "iPhone lets you see web pages the way they were designed to be seen" - where's the qualifier "except when it doesn't"? I can't ever find where Apple has publicly committed itself to supporting Flash; the closest Jobs personally got was telling the New York Times "You might see [Flash support]" but then, how did Walt Mossberg get the very strong impression that Apple WOULD support Flash? He said way back in July 2007, right after the iPhone launch:

    "Apple says it plans to add that plug-in through an early software update, which I am guessing will occur within the next couple of months."

    http://mailbox.allthingsd.com/20070705/questions-about-apples-iphone/

    I'm guessing when he wrote Apple told him so, he wasn't talking to the security guard at 1 Infinite Loop. So maybe this should be addressed to Mossberg as well as Apple: is Apple ever going to support Flash on the current iPhone?
     
  2. kylegod macrumors newbie

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    I know im frustrated with this. Some sites are completely useless on the iphone. I think Flash is more important than mms, copy paste, video, etc in the next update. It really needs to be done
     
  3. walnuts macrumors 6502

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    I had thought about this too. I think Mr. Mossberg was just wrong or guessing.

    I guess I'm just skeptical at this point, but I don't flash support is ever coming. If you think about it, not having flash makes pandora and all of the streaming ad-based free video sites depend on flash. There's no need for apple to hurry to get people access to stuff that competes with itunes.

    Also, flash is processor/power hungry. Its possible that flash would be too slow or kill the battery or both.
     
  4. Masquerade macrumors 6502a

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    iphone don't have onMouseOver, onMouseMove,... you get only onMouseClick event (and maybe the double click)
    also flash don't have separations with divs or tables so that safari can zoom in/out.
    if someday flash appears on iPhone, the swf files will need to be compilant with certain rules created for iphone.
     

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