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    Default Flash Player For iPhone+iPod touch

    Hi

    I've been hearing things about a flash player for the iPhone and iPod touch. Does anyone have information about this. I could really use it.

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    It seems like it's not gonna happen, at least not for anyone who hasn't jailbroken their iPhone/iPod Touch. IN MY OPINION, Apple doesn't want to implement a Flash extension for MobileSafari because of the following reasons:

    1) They put a lot of money and work into developing a gaming framework for the new iPhone OS 3.x, and having Flash would mean that they just basically re-invented the wheel for nothing, because it already covers much of the systems that Flash uses, and more.

    2) Flash is proprietary software, and they would have to work out the tricky legal issues with Adobe to even license the Flash system (although considering what Apple's lawyers have managed to swing over our collective heads, this is likely the least of their worries), not to mention almost necessitating a major overhaul of Flash itself to work with the iPhone/iPod Touch.

    3) Flash (and ActionScript) would be hard to implement on the iPhone/iPod Touch, especially when most Flash apps (animations? programs? videos? websites?) are geared much more towards desktop/laptop computers and browsers (ie. No touch screen, a mouse and keyboard, a faster processor, a decent network connection, local file storage, ability to download files, access to webcam/microphone, etc.) Plus, many existing Flash apps would simply not look or feel the same, because of the difference in screen size and shape. So about 90% of existing Flash apps wouldn't work too well on it.

    4) Flash apps (especially Flash apps which utilize content downloading, ie. "The Loading Bar") are worrisome to Apple because they both download massive amounts of information, which may or may not even fit on the filesystem, not to mention the fact that filesystem access is tight to begin with, and that (for iPhone users) the act of transferring that much data over a 3G cellular data connection would cause unnecessary strain on the cell phone network, as well as cost a fortune in data charges to anyone who tried it for any sustainable amount of time.

    5) Having a browser-based (or even a standalone) Flash player would ruin their agreement that they worked out with YouTube, because it would allow YouTube videos to be watched without being forced to switch to the YouTube app (which uses much less data overhead, by the way), and it would also cut into YouTube's market share gained from this agreement with Apple (ie. all the viewers on the iPhone/iPod Touch who don't use Joost) by allowing video players from other streaming video sites (ie. Vimeo, Livestream) to be viewed instead for free. And, although it may be somewhat taboo to speak of it, it would allow iPhone/iPod Touch users to utilize video players on ****ographic websites, which, be it from the dubious content or from the network strain, is definitely NOT something Apple wants to allow to happen.

    6) It's Apple. They're the ones who JUST NOW switched over to Intel x86 architecture processors for their desktop computers, and have ALREADY released an x86-exclusive OS update (Snow Leopard). They're also the ones who invented Objective-C because they didn't want to use C/C++.

    Wow, someone Digg this.

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    Unhappy :-(

    That's true... But it still sucks. My website is all about showing videos and my video player runs on Flash.

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