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iPads, iPhones, and Flash



I have an iPhone. I also have an iPad2. And apparently, I don’t have Flash.

I say “apparently” … because I haven’t really missed it. Sure, there’s been a couple of times that I’ve run into the “you need to install flash to view this” message – usually on a poorly-designed website that I tried to get to from a link in an article I was reading.

But have I missed Flash? No, not really. Most of my browsing activity comes from reading RSS feeds, which I get just fine. Most of my video viewing comes via Youtube, which I also get just fine.

If I need to test something from my library’s website, our library catalog, or our databases, I get those just fine too. No Flash required.

How about you? Do you find yourself missing Flash? Is it a problem? If so, how come? Please share!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693545704 Patrick McVicker

    I’ve used iOS for about three years now and haven’t missed flash for a second.  If anything, I’ve been a little relieved, as a number of advertisers wrap their ads in a flash package.  For the most part, developers have been trending away from Flash because of the multitude of requirements and restrictions is places on the reliability of their content and interactivity.  Besides, you can do so much with CSS, Javascript, and HTML5 now that there’s little incentive to stick with Flash anway.

  • Lissa

    The library’s Bookflix children’s video database is flash. I would LOVE to be able to get that content on iPhone and iPad and I am sure other parents would too! Just not practical for us to put the toddler at a PC!

  • Gillian Wiseman

    Personally, I have one site that I might use more which displays online craft tutorials in flash. I would love to display them on my ipad while in the craft room working on projects. Other than that, I don’t miss it at all. Certainly I don’t miss it at work.

  • http://about.me/colleengreene Colleen Greene

    Where I most miss Flash on my old iPad1 and my current iPad2, is when using Prezi. The Prezi app is read-only, because it would require Flash to actually create or edit a Prezi.  And Flash-based objects embedded into Prezis (i.e., videos) don’t display when I use the iPad Prezi app.

  • http://about.me/colleengreene Colleen Greene

    Where I most miss Flash on my old iPad1 and my current iPad2, is when using Prezi. The Prezi app is read-only, because it would require Flash to actually create or edit a Prezi.  And Flash-based objects embedded into Prezis (i.e., videos) don’t display when I use the iPad Prezi app.

  • Bakerl

     We miss it for Meebo Me.  Meebo Me uses flash, otherwise it would be a great free solution to a mobile chat option that doesn’t require the user to download anything or to have a specific account somewhere.

  • http://about.me/colleengreene Colleen Greene

    Bakerl: I  use the Meebo app on my iPad.  Doesn’t that work for what you need? Or are you referring to other iPad users being able to access your embedded Meebo widget on your website?

  • Karen B

    Now that you mention it, I don’t use flash all that often personally or at work.

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  • http://blog.logixml.com Will Marlow

    I agree with you 95% of the time.  But I’m also a big fan of the Charlie Rose Show, whih so I feel the absence of flash periodically…But like everything else, Charlie Rose won’t be using old school incompatible flash forever…

  • http://twitter.com/BethReads ElizabethS

    Nope, I’ve had my ipad for over a year and I don’t miss flash at all. I mostly use Instapaper, Evernote, and ebook readers on it and all my social websites (Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry) work just fine.

  • http://twitter.com/BethReads ElizabethS

    Nope, I’ve had my ipad for over a year and I don’t miss flash at all. I mostly use Instapaper, Evernote, and ebook readers on it and all my social websites (Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry) work just fine.

  • http://twitter.com/skikatt Angela Kowalski

    I don’t have an iPad (yet) but I have an iTouch that I read my rss feeds and update an account here and there..you made me think…I haven’t missed flash either.  Most people I know are not getting an iPad yet until it can handle flash but I think I’ll not worry about that.  If I need flash for any reason  I’ll use my handy dandy netbook ;)

  • CC

    I’ve been shown install flash like ten times. Oh well I can’t view the website, it just sucks how much I pay for this phone a month and I can’t view everything.

  • Metwinma2

    Many games need flash. Not having it limits the fun I could have on this 1000 dollar non-computer