Mossberg says Flash coming to the iPhone

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?

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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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  • Video on Websites

    I have played Quicktime videos and quicktime streaming on the iphone while playing with it on the store. It's ashame more sites don't use Quicktime..
    DonBurnett
  • A reasoned agruement against Flash on iPhone

    I suggest reviewing the following for consideration of Adobe and other software on the iPhone. DE can be wrong, but it can make sense from the other moves within Google and the like.

    http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/RDM.Tech.Q2.07/879DD82D-5595-4746-BFCE-524BBA7C7A85.html
    Jim888
  • Windows Mobile has Flash in IE

    Kind of funny... but windows mobile and IE play videos and use flash.

    hmmm - I guess another one of those things people dont think about... theres actually features and technology out there already that does evertything the iphone does.
    DigitalFoobar
    • Not only, but also

      Not only do Windows Mobiles do everything the iphone does (well the multitouch is only available on some) but they do a lot more and use standard (i.e. Windows) apps and formats.

      But then Apple users are used to paying more for less. ;-)
      tonymcs@...
      • Can't argue with success

        Microsoft has had what? 5-6 years or more now to conquer the cel/smart phone
        space by extending Windows into it. Their products and partner's hardware have
        obviously failed to capture the hearts and minds of the larger marketplace. So now
        Apple comes along and sells over 1 million iPhones in less than a week (confirmed
        via AT&T activations). It's obvious that Apple is doing something extremely right,
        and it's not simply just charging high prices.

        Maybe this isn't about low subsidised prices and long lists of badly implemented
        features, but rather it's about a new, truly unique, innovative experience. The tight
        design and integration of hardware software. People fall in love with this device!
        jaypeg