Apple, Adobe, lets deal with this Flash Problem on the iPad

Just need to get this lack of Flash support on the iPad out on my Blog before the big game. Actually lack of Java is a concern as well. But lets focus on Flash, I have been fielding a lot of comments, questions and concerns about why the iPad may not be ready for Higher Ed prime time. The concern that appears to carry the most weight is the lack of support for Flash video content. Omitting Flash on the iPhone is one thing but leaving Flash off the iPad is more of a problem for Higher Ed. A significant justification for recommending the iPad for our University would have to be for the value of Web interaction during the learning process. Use of the iPad as an eBook reader will drive itself. An iPad having rich educational iPhone OS apps are probably more valuable on an true mobile device. But as much as we may dislike the underlying problems that Flash brings to our computers, Flash is a part many academic Web experiences. So my first call to Apple is to find a way to allow at least the well behaving Flash apps on the iPad Safari. And I also call Adobe to take serious the need to cleanup CPU inefficiencies of Flash. Don’t just wait for HTML5 to solve the problem.

Go Colts

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on February 7, 2010, in Adobe, Apple, Higher Education, iPad, marketing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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