iPhone owners have been lamenting the absence of full Flash support on their web-savvy handsets since Apple launched the original iPhone with the promise of full web browsing functionality. iPhone detractors have pointed out the iPhone and iPhone 3G’s lack of Flash support as a critical flaw in the handset. Whatever the case, it’s sad that Apple didn’t consider Flash a part of the full web browsing experience.
And, following on months of speculation about when, or even if, Flash was ever going to be supported on the iPhone and iPhone 3G, Adobe has confirmed that Flash is ready to rock the wireless web on the iPhone. The only hangup from this point on is Apple’s approval of Flash for the iPhone.
Adobe Systems’ Sr. Director of Engineering, Paul Betlem confirmed during an Adobe Town Hall meeting that his team was actively developing Flash support on the iPhone. His team is apparently ready to go live with Flash on the iPhone as soon as Apple gives the go-ahead – the ball is now in Apple’s court, as Adobe waits on Cupertino to give their nod of approval.
Full Flash support has eluded the mobile space for too long. Mobile phone processors are typically too weak to make desktop Flash solutions work, and the pared down version of Flash for mobile phones, dubbed Flash Lite, fails to deliver a full Flash experience. But, with the prospect of a custom-tailored iPhone Flash solution from Adobe, the mobile world could be on the verge of seeing full-fledged Flash support on the iPhone.
So, get on the horn and ask your local Congressman to push Apple to approve Adobe’s iPhone Flash solution. What? It doesn’t work like that? Oh fiddle-sticks.