One of the key talking points in the Blogosphere after Apple’s iPad announcement was the tablet’s lack of Flash support. Without the Adobe plug-in, a whole host of video and game sites just wont get along with the iPad.
Adobe responded angrily on their blog concerning the omission:
“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.”
Adobe have riled against Apple’s development restrictions on its devices for some time, believing developers should have more freedom to develop and publish content as they please. Could free Flash videos and games be an affordable distraction away from paid for content such as gaming apps and high-def movies? For a device which is all about content consumption (and paying for it), it seems Apple wouldn’t like its users to get their kicks for free with the iPad.
Check out Adobe’s post in full here.