In what is now a public feud between San Jose-based Adobe Systems and Cupertino, California Apple over the former’s Flash format support for hardware designed and sold by the latter company, Adobe reported that over 7 million download requests were made from owners of iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Apple was displeased with Flash as it stood because the desktop version of Flash required too much resources for a small mobile smartphone while the mobile version of the browser plugin was lacking in feature and usability; thus, Apple left Flash off of the iPhone. Last year, the companies announced that they were working together to bring some version of Flash to the iPhone, but there hasn’t been much progress with Apple leaving Flash support off of the new tablet iPad. In a subsequent speech, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that Adobe was being lazy, and Apple is now making a push for HTML5 standards rather than the plugin.
To the 7 million iPhone and iPod Touch owners who tried to download Adobe’s plugin, we send our condolences. Flash 10.1 will be making its way to Android, webOS and Windows Mobile. When the plugin hits these platforms, we’ll have the “true desktop-class” browsing experience that Apple had promised with iPhone but failed to deliver.