Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 28th Jan 2010 17:29 UTC
Web 2.0 Wolfire writes: "Today, Apple announced the new iPad and humbly claimed that there will be a "gold rush" of native apps for the App Store. Sure, but what I find more interesting is that Apple also ironically created the most promising open web app platform, which may eventually undermine the App Store itself. [...] The iPad is the first mainstream device which combines all of the following factors: reasonably powerful hardware, a (potentially) huge user base, a mature WebKit implementation, and constant 3G internet capabilities. All the dominoes are in place, and I think that the iPad will knock the first one down."
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RE: Safari anyone?
by Kroc on Fri 29th Jan 2010 12:44 UTC in reply to "Safari anyone?"
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Because Mac OS X is an open platform and Mobile OS X is not. Anybody can, and will, install plugins on OS X. Apple cannot now remove that feature from the OS. It would make no sense, given that the other browsers would support plugins, and the blocking of Flash would only see a mass migration away from Safari to Chrome/Firefox.

But, the iPhone/iPad represents a new computing platform where there are no plugins, and never will be, so Apple are not 'blocking' Flash, so much as creating a device and platform that is simply not compatible with the idea of Flash.

If Adobe were to open the specification, and provide an open source (MIT) implementation, then the WebKit team could integrate the Flash interpreter into the core of WebKit, using native APIs, and Apple might possibly accept it then.

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