Adobe Slams Apple for iPad's Lack of Flash

Apple may tout the iPad as the best web browsing experience, but what about Flash? Love it or hate it, you can barely go through a handful of clicks before running into an Adobe-flash powered element.

Flash has been an important part of the web, and it'll be something that iPad won't have out of the box when it ships in late March. While the omission of Flash was excusable on the iPod Touch and iPhone, competing devices today run Flash, which makes the iPad omission even more glaring.

Adobe's Adrian Ludwig, the company's Flash Platform Product Marketing Group Manager, wrote in a blog post:

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.

Adobe and more than 50 of our partners in the Open Screen Project are working to enable developers and content publishers to deliver to any device, so that consumers have open access to their favorite interactive media, content, and applications across platform, regardless of the device that people choose to use.

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  • mi1ez
    But if they can play web games, why would they go to the app store?
  • metatasian
    I'm not really a fan of Apple products, but Flash is shite!!! good move Apple.

    Had to reinstall my OS due to flash problems and browser crashes.
  • longerlife
    I REALLY hope the iPad fails...

    Not having Flash is a ridiculous short-sighted and greedy move by Apple. There is NO TECHNOLOGY that can replace Flash currently.

    They are trying to lock out all the free media rich content they can't profit from, it is a cynical, selfish move that really shows the contempt they have for their own customers.

    Added to them locking you into their proprietary locked down store system, proprietary DRM systems, closed off iTunes media walls and app store, it makes me sick.

    Its a selfish money grab, feeding off their less technologically savvy consumers.

    Tell EVERYONE you know not to buy this POS. PLEASE!!