While Apple may have turned their back on Adobe’s Flash technology, the same cannot be said for Adobe turning their back on Apple. After a lengthy beta period, Flash Player 10.1 is finally available and promises hardware-accelerated decoding and other goodies for recent Macs.
It appears that even more trouble will be breathing down Cupertino’s neck soon, as European Union regulators are joining forces with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) here in the U.S. in a probe of Apple’s policy regarding “mobile software developers.” (Translation: Flash on the iPhone.)
Apple may be the world’s most secretive consumer products company. And when facts are few, mere speculation roils a sea of hyperbole. You need someone to dive beneath its turbulent surface and fetch pearls of reality. Beginning this month, I’m signing on as your diver.
Well, this should come as no surprise to veteran viewers of the continuing Apple versus Adobe slap-fight, but Apple has omitted the latest version of Flash in their 10.6.4 Snow Leopard update.
According to Macnn, Tuesday's 10.6.4 update included Flash Player 10.0.45.2--a version of Flash Player that has been available since February. Version 10.1 of Flash Player was made available last week and boasts a number of security fixes and interface tweaks.
God bless those enterprising developers! Just because Steve Jobs and the rest of the Apple gang have thumbed down Adobe Flash on their iDevices, doesn’t mean that other folks aren’t working hard trying to find a way to do it. One of the latest is a service called Flash in a Pinch -- but don’t get too excited just yet, it’s only a proof of concept for now.
In a move that will surely limit the number of television shows that iPad users can view on their mobile devices, NBC and Time Warner have told Apple that they have no plans to convert from Flash--the way they currently run their online video players.
Things have been quiet since this past April, when Steve Jobs fired the last big volley in the Flash Wars in the form of an open letter. Today, Adobe's founding father returned fire with an open letter of their own.
Yes, that was the date on Friday, and it was also what everyone who had an iPad 3G was shouting from the rooftops if the UPS truck didn't pull up outside their front door to deliver the sweet mobile goodness into their hot little hands. Round two of iPad madness, though it's never quite the same, the second time around. For solace, let's look at what the Mac|Life kiddies got up to this week, just In Case You Missed It.