Does the iPhone have Flash or not?

June 20th, 2007

Some specs for the iPhone’s browser capabilities have been released (and then hastily deleted). However - they say that the iPhone won’t support Flash which is a little bit odd, considering their advertising campaign clearly shows the iPhone render Flash.

You can clearly see the Flash rendering fine in the pic below (via Flashcomguru), perhaps this is just a mock up?


You can view the specs here (unless they get taken down).

It seems Apple’s choice¬† to leave Flash out is because battery life. The iPhone contains dedicated hardware capable of playing h.264 content, while Flash content would require more intensive use of the iPhone’s CPU, resulting in higher battery drain. Still, a version of Flash lite shouldn’t be too resource intensive - should it?

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3 comments on “Does the iPhone have Flash or not?”

  1. 01

    The iPhone is Still Not Quite There…

    I’m begrudged to admit it, but Vasken is right in his claim that his Blackberry is better than the iPhone… For now at least. Having had the chance to play a little with Casey’s iPhone, I must say that the interface is wonderful. It is slick, intuit… at July 24th, 2007 around 11:43 am
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  2. 02

    […] would be much more usable if you could. In fact, the Safari browser that comes with the iPhone does not support Flash media of any kind which certainly limits the user’s browsing […]

    The iPhone is Still Not Quite There | at December 7th, 2008 around 3:18 am
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  3. 03

    […] …to some doubts about the timeline: Adobe Flash Coming To Apple’s iPhone — Maybe, Someday Flash iPhone project stumbles: SDK insufficient […]

    Pathfinder Development » Flash Player on iPhone gossip at December 16th, 2008 around 12:58 pm
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