Flash Coming to iPhone, and It's a Must

Despite its pitfalls, gadget needs integral Web plugin
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2008 8:35 PM CDT
All things considered, Kincaid writes, leaving Flash off the iPhone would rob users of the full Web experience.   ((c) M@rcopako)
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(Newser) – Signs are pointing to a Flash plugin coming to the iPhone sometime soon, Jason Kincaid writes on TechCrunch—but he’s of two minds about the benefits of finally getting “the real web” on Apple’s shiny gadget. Flash is absolutely essential for the internet, he writes, but making its processor work harder “is the last thing the iPhone needs with its already-lackluster battery life.”

The inefficiency of Flash sites often takes away from enjoyment of their coolness, Kincaid notes, and Flash-based ads “can be incredibly intrusive.” But, he concludes, “Apple should include Flash if only for completeness’ sake, while trying to give web developers an incentive to use it sparingly on their mobile sites.”