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.