Apple unveiled it’s newest entry into portable computing, the iPad this past week. While the forum boards are busy discussing whether or not it is “a truly magical and revolutionary product”– there is one company that is showing their displeasure publicly.
Adobe, Apple’s mortal frenemy in recent years, was less than happy to say the least regarding the slick new tablet’s lack of Flash support. In a statement released to Gizmodo, Adobe’s response is as follows:
It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers. Unlike many other ebook readers using the ePub file format, consumers will not be able to access ePub content with Apple’s DRM technology on devices made by other manufacturers. And without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the web.
If I want to use the iPad to connect to Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab — not to mention the millions of other sites on the web — I’ll be out of luck.
The relationship between Apple and Adobe has been tenuous at best in recent years, most stemming from the lack of Flash support in the iPhone and iPod Touch. Adobe has recently struck back by redirecting iPhone users looking for Flash to a less than pleasant message. Although it seemed that the two multimedia giants were finally going to play nice with Flash support coming to the iPhone with the impending release of Flash CS5, it looks like its going to be a while before you can play your Farmville or watch Hulu on your iPhone or iPad.
If you want another take on why you will not be seeing Flash anytime soon on the iPhone or iPad, check out Daring Fireball- John Gruber does a good job outlining points of why the turtlenecked-one might continue to avoid Flash in the future.