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Do We Really Want Flash for the iPhone

Posted: December 31st, 1969 | Author: | Filed under: java, Programming, Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

Do We Really Want Flash for the iPhone

Picture of IrvinI've been thinking about this for a while now, and I believe, I'm still not 100% sure, that I do not want flash on the iPhone. This is not because I don't like flash, it is more because I have seen what JavaScript does to the CPU of the iPhone, and I have also seen my iPhone rarely exceed 60Kbps. I don't want my iPhone downloading flash ads that prevent the rest of the page from loading, or tie up my CPU, or make navigation difficult.

The bigger issue is do we really need flash on the iPhone with the canvas tag, SVG, the techniques collectively known as AJAX, QuickTime, MP3, and AAC support? I'd argue that I do not. I like flash, but as with anything it is being misused to put questionable ads on sites, and I normally don't mind too much until it starts slowing down my browsing. If EDGE were 3 Mbps then it still wouldn't be too big a deal, but as it is I think I'll pass on flash for now.