MOUNTAIN VIEW, USA – According to Flash developer Adobe, in December only, more than seven million iPhone and iPod Touch users requested the company to provide Flash support for these devices. Apple continues to avoid including the technology in its handhelds, and the latest victim of this negligence is the recently-announced Apple iPad.
Flash is a technology commonly used in website animations, and more recently, promoted thanks to its video compression capability. The great catalyst for Flash might have been its use in websites, but in truth, it were the YouTube videos coded in this format that place Flash in the number one spot in iPhone and iPod Touch owners’ wishlist.
The iPad, dubbed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs as the best internet device ever made, will not come with this technology, as said previously. Jobs claims that the company is focusing on HTML 5, an improved standard soon to come to wide use.
Adobe has since March 2008 announced that is developing a Flash application for the iPhone. Then, in January 2009, Adobe announced the same again, but this time its CEO said that there is collaboration with Apple for a Flash player. Almost two years have passed since the first announcement, and Flash is certainly out of question for any Apple handheld – recently, Jobs has been rumoured to have called Adobe “lazy”, and its software “buggy”, certainly destroying any relationship it had with the Flash maker.