Yesterday’s iPad announcement was mostly what people expected from Apple, but there were a few omissions from the device that have left some users disappointed. The lack of Flash, support, for example. This trend started with the iPhone, which doesn’t allow users to access Flash content, and it seems to be continuing with their next generation mobile device.
Adobe, the company behind Flash, released a statement regarding Apple’s decision, and it’s not exactly subtle:
“It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers. Unlike many other ebook readers using the ePub file format, consumers will not be able to access ePub content with Apple’s DRM technology on devices made by other manufacturers. And without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the web.
If I want to use the iPad to connect to Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab — not to mention the millions of other sites on the web — I’ll be out of luck.”
It’s pretty hard to argue those points. Sure, Apple could always release Apps for those programs, but it seems like an unnecessary step. Granted, I’m not fully apprised of the business implications for using Flash, or whether it would be an issue with the hardware, but from the outside it doesn’t make much sense at all. Imagine the swath of Flash games that would be available (and free) at the launch of the iPad. They could even be designed to fit the 9.7 inch screen without having to re-submit an app to the App Store.
Anyway, Apple hasn’t released an official statement regarding the support of Flash, so maybe it’ll be an 11th hour addition.