Flash Support Coming to iPhone?

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So says Gear Live, who claims "reliable sources" tell them that it should be coming "very soon." What about those pesky technical issues that were supposedly keeping us from enjoying embedded YouTube Videos (without the iPhone's YouTube app) and amusing Homestar Runner games directly on the iPhone? Supposedly that was all a big lie, the real issue was on the business side.

Maybe this end-of-February mystery event will be about more than just the SDK?

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Flash Support Coming to iPhone?


I know average web users (no pr0nTube jokes) may be clamoring for this, but as a web developer (who frequently uses Flash), I was kinda happy without it. Personally, it made me look for ways to achieve similar thiings with AJaX and other open, non-proprietary standards-based technologies, which often reduced "noise" and led to cleaner work.
Silverlight, Flash, and even QT can't be the only delivery systems, chewing CPU cycles, draining batteries, and otherwise adding whack-a-mole clutter to the web.
So, for me, this is a mixed blessing.
I'd have much rather an open video wrapper standard have been developed and pushed cross-platform.

And yet more from Gruber, counter-pointing the Wall Street Journal:
The sketchy sourcing masks the gaping hole in Charny’s entire story: Adobe is under pressure to get Flash on the iPhone because the iPhone is clearly the leading mobile device for web surfing, but Apple is under very little pressure to put Flash on the iPhone because there is no competing device that fits in this sentence: “There are many people who were going to buy an iPhone, but, because it doesn’t support Flash, bought a ——— instead.” There are mobile devices that support Flash, but none that rival the iPhone.
Here’s the crux of the issue. Charny himself describes Flash, in this story, as “an Adobe-made media player used to view Internet videos”. Viewed this way, you can see why Apple might have reason not to support Flash on the iPhone: they have the opportunity to establish QuickTime and H.264 as the de facto standards for mobile video on the web.