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Apple Dropped the Ball- No Flash/Java on the iPhone

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"Coming out of WWDC are reports that Apple has officially admitted that the Apple iPhone will not support Adobe's Flash plug-in in Safari.


Flash support has been a long unanswered question about the Apple iPhone. Steve Jobs had made comments early on that we might see Flash in iPhone according to David Pogue:

Markoff: “Flash [in the iPhone]?”

Jobs: “Well, you might see that.”



Of note, Jobs did say that Youtube support would be in the iPhone... but by sidestepping Flash altogether:

Jobs: “Yeah, YouTube—of course. But you don’t need to have Flash to show YouTube. All you need to do is deal with YouTube. And plus, we could get ‘em to up their video resolution at the same time, by using h.264 instead of the old codec.”



This portion of Jobs' plan came true with the Youtube addon for Apple TV which will require Youtube to convert their catalog of videos into the h.264 format."

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Jobs said that all people can immediately start writing "apps" (term used lightly) using only Safari, since it uses the same engine. How the heck are people supposed to write interactive web code for a device that they've never even touched? How do they even have the slightest idea about how to integrate Google Maps or the contact list?


At launch, the iPhone will have 0 3rd party "apps." I doubt that there will be many, if any, made even after its launch.


Now without Java or Flash, I'm pretty much sold on the idea not to get an iPhone. $600 is a lot, and zooming through album art in Cover Flow is only entertaining for the first two hours or so.

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