Adobe: Lack of Flash on iPad Limits Publishers and Consumers


Adobe has posted their thoughts on the iPad’s lack of Flash noting that Apple continues to impose restrictions on their devices which ‘limits both content publishers and consumers’.

It was really exciting to see some of the technologies that Adobe has contributed to, like PDF and ePub support, taking center stage in the launch. Adobe technology is at the center of virtually every print and digital workflow, so undoubtedly a lot of what you¹ll see getting delivered to the iPad will have originated in Adobe creative software.

But, as a picture posted on Engadget shows (below), and many others have reported, there’s something important missing from Apple’s approach to connecting consumers to content.

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.

John Gruber from Daring Fireball recently posted his arguments for why Flash should not be on the tablet.



  • kirk

    lol…adobe is trying really hard to get their precious flash on the iphone/ipad. Html5 is around the corner so this argument will be a distant memory in a year or two. The Iphone/ Ipad already plays html5 content.