Flash on apple devices, finally?



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The European Union’s new Digital Agenda, an ambitious program of incentives and legislation designed to improve access to technology across the EU, could force companies such as Apple to open up their businesses by requiring them to offer more interoperability and use open standards. It could force more openness even if those companies are not the dominant player in a specific market, because the language in the EU Agenda says that such measures could apply merely to “significant” players in a market — broadening the scope of previous antitrust rules substantially.

Could that be true? Flash player support on i-devices, really? Or just another rumor?

more info here => http://bit.ly/abeBdC

ps: 0k, that’s it guys. I’m fed up with that apple stuff, let’s get back to development :)

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  1. Richard
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 14:59:50

    I think you might be reading too much into it. Interoperability and open standards aren’t the reasons why Flash isn’t on the iPhone/iPad. I mean which open standard would Apple have to support to allow Flash? (Calling Flash an open standard is a bit of a stretch regardless of what Adobe says.) And you can’t argue iPhone/iPad isn’t interoperable with Flash, Flash could run on those devices, Apple just chooses not to allow that.

    Now if they want to go after the App Store policies and somehow try to force Apple to let anything in, that’s another matter. But that’s not what I’m getting from the wording of the announcement.

  2. JohnO
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 15:24:13

    Regardless of what we think of HTML5 and the poor state it is in, “interoperability and use open standard” is what HTML5 is (or hopes to be), far more than Flash is. While I can’t put it past the EU to do something that makes no sense, I really can’t see the US Govt or EU forcing Flash on the iPhone when the argument can be made that anyone can already create a HTML app for the iPhone. We may not like it, compared to developing in Flash or Flex, HTML is an open standard.

  3. jloa
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 15:48:52

    Well, actually i don’t intend to develop apps for the iphones and luckily i’m not an iphone owner.
    But the thing is that lots of my friends/colleagues are apple fans and they keep suffering from the lack of flash player support as they want to have their favourite “miniclip” flash games available and resources like the fwa near at hand. That’s the whole thing. The consequence that ensues from the absence of that kind of support is that their own customers resent about why do they have to suffer.
    And honestly, i can’t and i won’t ever understand that kind of corporate politics.
    I mean, i can’t understand why do regular people have to suffer coz of your enmity which has arisen as a result of a misunderstanding or what ever it was :)
    Don’t you find it slightly idiotic wrong?

    ps: there’s a flex sdk and eclipse to develop flash content btw; all totally free. And btw thx for sharing yr thoughts on the matter, guys.

  4. Tink
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 02:22:53

    “While I can’t put it past the EU to do something that makes no sense, I really can’t see the US Govt or EU forcing Flash on the iPhone when the argument can be made that anyone can already create a HTML app for the iPhone.”

    I think the point is that if Apple are allowed to block anything (i.e. not just Flash but plugins, other advertising platforms, content compiled outside of the native language), it would set a presidence for any company being able to any competitors therefore stagnating the market an innovation.

    Also you state a totally false fact. It just isn’t possible to create everything you can in Flash in HTML.

  5. jloa
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 02:48:16

    Yeap, drawbacks may be found anywhere if that’s the point. It’s like the “german vs japanese cars” endless, worthless, ridiculous fan-war ^_^

  6. YopSolo
    Jul 14, 2010 @ 07:55:15

    jloa, no it’s not a fan war it’s a capitalist war ;)
    JohnO, there are talking about apps not web-apps

    Section 3.3.1 of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement is the one that truly, deeply bans Flash and other cross-platform compilers, so you must use Apple’s development environment for iPhone apps, and that is antitrust.

  7. 監視器
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 22:36:25

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