Why still no flash support on Safari?

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  1. raptorstv macrumors 6502

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    I've been using Puffin Browser, and it works great... Why cant Apple just give us the option to turn on/off flash on safari?
     
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    Adobe has stopped supporting flash on all mobile devices so it will never exist on Apple or any mobile device in the future.
     
  4. zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    Flash is a dying service. It's a resource and battery hog, the cause of many crashes, and is being almost universally replaced by better formats.

    Android supported Flash but it seems even they want to abandon it, as it is now no longer available on current Android devices.
     
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    Flash is dying. Unless another competitor steps up, HTML5 appears to be the way of the future.
     
  7. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    Flash is like the Hummer lineup of vehicles. It was a fad for a while and very popular but then people just realized that it wasn't worth the resources.
     
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    Because there's nothing that anybody has really missed that much on Safari mobile that hasn't been retooled using HTML 5. Apple usually leans toward supporting open standards -- HTML 5 is, Flash isn't -- and Flash has never worked well enough to get included in Safari mobile.

    HTML 5 still needs work, but developers are either using it or going the app route if they need to make something fancy.
     
  9. burgundyyears macrumors 6502

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    Because mobile flash is officially dead.
     
  10. AngerDanger macrumors 68030

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    Wow, OP, I know this wasn't a recommendation thread, but Puffin Browser is amazing! I'd been using Skyfire to play .flv's with limited success, but Puffin can even manage to play .swf's! I didn't think this would be possible without a jailbreak, and even Frash went out of development.

    I have nothing to say against those who think Flash is on its way out the door, but it's nice to have support while the rest of the internet catches up to you guys.
     
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    no one gives a rat's ass about flash unless you like ads
     
  12. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    That's a gross misrepresentation of Flash. A fad is something that is popular because of it's novelty and when it's novelty wears off it loses popularity. Flash is not and was not a fad.

    Flash was a technology that allowed you to manipulate vectors and provide animation and other cool things. For a very long time it was the easiest and most efficient way to handle animation for web developers.

    Flash lost it's popularity, not because it's novelty wore off, but because new technologies provided better ways to do the same things.

    Calling flash a fad is like calling standard def TV a fad. SD TV isn't losing popularity because it's novelty is fading, but because new and better technology is replacing it. That's a big difference.


    Flash did and still does so much more than ads. It revolutionized web design. Not always for the better but it involved way more than just ads.





    And just for the record, I'm glad it's dying.
     
  13. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    flash NEVER revolutionized web design. it was used to add a bit of sparkle here and there, but for the most part it was ridiculously overused. the only major longstanding benefit was widespread and secure video playback support.
     
  14. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Don't confuse poor developers with good developers.

    Crappy web developers (and there were a lot of them) over used it and used it poorly. Good web designers used Flash to do thing that couldn't be easily done without it. Not only did they make things look good with flash but they made web pages better and easier to use. The best Flash sites were the ones that most people didn't even know used Flash. Flash most certainly helped influence HTML5 and CSS3 that we are starting to see today.
     

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