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The breathless words from 9 to 5 Mac announced, “You heard it here first, folks.” And then in bold, italic all caps, “THE IPAD HAS FLASH.” And who can blame them for joining the bandwagon of wishful thinkers?
They showed a clip from Apple's official video that seemed to indicate the presence of Flash, and everyone's hopes got a little higher. Alas, 9 to 5 Mac had to update their story with the news that a media company makes fake optimized web pages for all of Apple's commercials.
The absence of a Flash announcement in the iPad presentation got the attention of several commenting on the event. In fact, Adobe's Adrian Ludwig himself said, “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.” Plus Adobe's Flash platform Twitter account tweeted a link to a news story confirming the absence.
A quick search on “iPad flash” shows just how many people are discussing the issue. PC World calls it “Apple's iPad and the Flash Clash” and points out the promotional images and videos on Apple's own site hint at Flash presence that isn't there. Their story says that a graphic designer from Atlanta is even filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over what he believes is misleading advertising. "In several advertisements and images representing the Apple products in question, Apple has purposefully elected to show these devices correctly displaying content that necessitates the Adobe Flash plug-in," according to his filing.
Perhaps the real question remains... Why isn't it there?