1. rbrannon#IM's Avatar
    Are there any rumors or comments from Apple about the iPhone being able to play flash videos?
    05-30-2009 11:54 AM
  2. JustinHorn's Avatar
    Not really and nothing lately so don't expect to see a flash surprise.
    05-30-2009 12:01 PM
  3. icebike's Avatar
    We desperately need some minimal flash support in the next OS.

    SO much of the web is built on that crappy flash engine that it is becoming increasingly difficult to do basic tasks on the web. The value of a web browser in your pocket diminishes daily as Flash creeps into more and more sites.

    I'm pretty sure the sticking point is that Adobe steadfastly refuses to allow any client-side control of flash, leaving you at the mercy of all-singing-all-dancing web advertising which needlessly sucks up processor bandwidth. Apple is right to resist this nonsense, but some happy medium is needed.
    05-30-2009 03:12 PM
  4. JustinHorn's Avatar
    Honestly I think the flash fade is starting to fade into where it should be. Also, with javascript, CSS, and soon html5 it gets easier to do things without using flash. I can live without it.
    05-30-2009 04:48 PM
  5. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
    I'm with both of you. Best solution is:

    a) Adobe actually makes a non-bloated, relatively secure Flash engine for OS X -- with privacy-invading Flash cookies *easily* disabled via obvious switch.

    b) Apple creates plugin that redirects to player, similar to QuickTime plugin or YouTube player, so it's nicely sandboxed and useful for video, but not the often unnecessary bloated web sites and punch the monkey adds.

    Or, Adobe actually makes that "just right" player between Flash Lite and Flash (full desktop) that Jobs quipped was lacking...
    05-30-2009 06:25 PM
  6. OmariJames's Avatar
    I agree with Rene on option b.

    That was the first thought of a solution when I first saw an article about the iPhone not having flash.

    I think we should at least be able to have the ability to play .flv files.

    I think the iPhone will need a better processor to have flash in safari while still making the experience just as enjoyable.

    The iPhone dev team did say something about he iPhone hardware not being capable of having flash back in January.

    I also think it's worth noting that Safari does slow down on pages that don't even have flash...
    05-31-2009 10:49 PM