Mossberg says Flash coming to the iPhone

Summary:An interesting tidbit today in Walt Mossberg's new column, Questions about Apple's iPhone. In the article he runs down a series of questions about the iPhone including:Question: If the iPhone’s Web browser is so good, why can’t it play video on Web sites I visit?

An interesting tidbit today in Walt Mossberg's new column, Questions about Apple's iPhone. In the article he runs down a series of questions about the iPhone including:

Question: If the iPhone’s Web browser is so good, why can’t it play video on Web sites I visit?

At launch, the iPhone version of the Safari browser is missing some plug-ins needed for playing common types of Web videos. The most important of these is the plug-in for Adobe’s Flash technology. Apple says it plans to add that plug-in through an early software update, which I am guessing will occur within the next couple of months. However, a separate program included on the iPhone can play a limited selection of videos from YouTube, and the phone can play videos you purchase from Apple’s iTunes store, and certain videos you create yourself.

If Walt is correct, that's great news. I haven't heard anything from the Adobe side about it, so I can't comment on its accuracy, but if I do hear something definitive, I'll let you know. JD has the same take that I do. If you want to see what the current Flash-less iPhone experience looks like, Bill Perry has a very detailed writeup, with screenshots.

Topics: iPhone, Mobility

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