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Why Apple did not use Flash for the iPad?

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Apple, being the second most successful multinational company based on computer technology, has finally released the iPad ! In case you don’t know this already, the iPad was one of Apple’s most successful produces yet. Apple had so many pre-ordered iPad’s to deliver that it had to temporarily shut down the Apple store to rebuild the stocks of the iPad.

The iPad was really made fun of at first. There were many jokes on the iPad. The most popular being those of MadTV and Hitler.

The main reason everyone thought that the iPad was going to be a iFailure was because it did not support flash. At this moment 90% of the internet is based on flash content. Flash was Adobe’s most successful product yet and is used by almost all web developers to deliver dynamic content.

The iPad not supporting flash was really shocking, as some people planned to use the iPad as a mini-pc. If the iPad could not load 90% of the web pages, then why buy it ?

Steve Jobs answered this question personally on the Apple Site.

Apple vs Flash

“New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”

says Jobs.

According to Jobs, Apple has been teamed up with Adobe for a long time. But now when Adobe realized that Apple’s latest product does not support Flash it was really shocking to them.

Reasons why Apple is against Flash

1. Apple is not really Open

“Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.”

says Jobs.

Basically he means to say that there are some other open-source platforms such as scripting languages using which a user can create dynamic content. Flash need not be that dynamic content.

2. Availability of Open Standards

“Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.”

says Jobs.

These open standards are much better alternatives to Flash. They are recommended by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), the non-profit organization created by the creator of the Internet (WWW) to promote open source standards for the internet. Its always better to use W3C standards rather than the standards which may look good.

3. Problem with the ‘Full Web’

The Full Web is the web pages that you see on your PC web browser. Mobile platforms usually cannot support the full web as they need powerful graphics card and a good memory space for that. This creates a major problem. Most users like the create that full web. Apple confirms that if the iPad had to support flash then it would not be as good as it is now.

4. Reliability, Security and Performance

“Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.”

says Jobs.

This is a major concern to Apple. Many users have complained that the products that support Flash are really unstable and insecure. To remove this threat to the iPad, they completely eradicated Flash from the scene.

5. Battery Life

To achieve long battery life when playing video, mobile devices must decode the video in hardware; decoding it in software uses too much power. Flash is software !

6. Compatibility of Versions

Not all Flash sites use the latest version of Flash. The newer versions of Flash include H.264 decoder, but not all flash content will use this decoder. The decoder used depends on the version of flash used. If a web designer uses an old version of flash to create his site, then the flash decoder used will be old. The older the version, the more stress on battery life too.

7. Apple Touch Technology

Flash was meant for PC’s using mice, not mobile gadgets with touch screen. Apple’s touch technology is one of the best in the world. Have you noticed how responsive apple’s touch devices are ? Apple could surely not afford to risk its touch technology.

8. Flash is an external app

This according to Steve Jobs is the most important reason. He lays a lot of emphasis on it. Using external apps and third party layered software could really kill Apple. Its really not easy to apply third party apps in the iPad. For this reason, the iPad clearly discarded flash.

Did you miss out on our post: WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF GRAPHICS ? We’ve explained what alternatives could be better than flash in that post.
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Opera Mini hits 1 Million Downloads on its 1st Day on App Store

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Few days back, we have seen Opera mini browser for iPhone / iPod touch. A huge surprise to Opera mini fans, we know that Opera Mini is the world’s most popular browser that brings the Web to nearly any mobile phone.

Adding to it, On its first day on the Apple app store, Opera Mini for iPhone has been downloaded more than one million times. Opera Mini is also currently the number one iPhone application in the 22 featured Apple iTunes App Stores.

According to Apple’s download count, Opera Mini has been added to 1,023,380 Apple devices. Adding to it, Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software says ” Today iPhone users have a choice, and, as the numbers show, they are eager to explore new and faster ways to surf the Web on the iPhone – especially during heavy Web traffic,” and “With any widely available and frequently downloaded Opera product, we are appreciative of all the feedback we are getting, as it helps us to continually improve our product and better meet the needs of our users.”




Opera Mini for iPhone promises some extraordinary features. Read here
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Download Cisco WebEx Meeting Center.A Powerful iPad App for Business

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Cisco [Welcome to the Human Network] now allows you to attend meetings anywhere and at anytime using Apple iPad. The Webex app is absolutely free and you do not need to have an Webex account to attend a meeting (you need Webex account only if you want to schedule or host a meeting). The Webex app for the iPad uses sizeable iPad screen to view applications, documents or remote desktops and also includes simultaneous 2-way audio so you could actually join in the conversation.

Some of the Features for WebEx Meeting Center on Apple iPad

WebEx Meeting Center on Apple iPad offers key features that are required for a mobile user to:

  • Full Screen View to Attend WebEx meetings
  • Listen and talk with a headset on the iPad or request a call-back on the phone of your choice.
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  • Check who is present in meeting, and how they joined, with mobile and computer user icons.
  • Control audio with mute/un-mute capabilities.
  • Start an individual or group chat with other meeting participants.
Joining  a meeting on Apple iPad
Join WebEx meetings using one of the following methods:
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  • Launch the Cisco WebEx Meeting Center app on your iPad and enter the meeting number.

To find your meeting and join. you could also go to your meeting site URL (e.g. mycompanyname.webex.com), .

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Start Building your iPad apps

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SDK apple blue print

Apple will be releasing the iPad somewhat in the next month i.e. April 2010. Are you ready for the release ?

No doubt the release will be grand. But its gonna be even more grand if you are going to use your own applications for this release.

Here’s a last minute opportunity for developers. If you’ve missed the opportunity of building an iPad app.

The iPad apps are based on iPhone app creator SDK, so if you’ve already made an app for the iPhone then it should work with the iPad as well.

The SDK is available on the Apple store:
iPad SDK

An article on Gizmodo suggests how simple iPad apps may look like:
What a few simple iPad apps may look like

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For using this SDK you need to be an apple developer. In case you’re not, you need not worry. Taplynx will do the job for you.

In case you want to know what an app will look like, see this video:
My First iPad App

These apps have revealed some secrets of apple. Check out this video to know the full details:
Apple iPad SDK reveals some secrets

So it does seem that Apple is not blind. Apple does have some tricks up its sleeve. Its giving developers the chance to make iPad apps for future versions of the iPad as well !!

If you’re quite advanced, here’s what you can do with the SDK:
iPad apps games

iPad flash

Though there were many rejections about the iPad not having flash, you have to re-think. Flash player is getting heavier by the day. Apple has already managed to put up loads of things in the iPad. Expecting flash is a little too much. But some rumors to reveal that the later versions of the iPad is going to have flash support, but not Adobe flash. This flash player will be much lighter. Is this just a rumor or is apple really getting a head start ? In fact, the iPad already supports basic flash.

Here are articles which states why the iPad does not need flash:
A flash developer on why the iPad cant use flash
Apple iPad will not have flash

Adobe systems has even written a blog post on how to make iPad apps with flash:
Build iPad apps with flash

This article was even featured on techcrunch:
Apple iPad will support flash

From all these applications that are coming up, you can be sure the iPad is going to be a better success than thought before. The cost of the iPad was considered a little too high, but seeing the number of applications available has made even more people pre-order it.

You should check out the cool new features the iPad apps have to offer. This is one thing that’ll make the iPad much better than the iPhone !!! Even though the iPad may not support some things, iPad apps will….

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iTunes sells jaw dropping 10 billion songs!!!

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10 Billion. Many of the guys here would be commenting that I may have added and extra ‘0’. NO, the figures are right.

Apple today announced that the toll for the music downloads from Apple’s Itunes crossed 10 billion.

The lucky 10th Billion song downloaded was  “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash, was purchased by Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia. Apple is a rich company so it won’t disappoint Louie and it further gave him a gift coupon of  $10,000 with a song. 😀

I wish I was that lucky guy.

“We’re grateful to all of our customers for helping us reach this amazing milestone,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “We’re proud that iTunes has become the number one music retailer in the world, and selling 10 billion songs is truly staggering.”

Anyways just for record I haven’t downloaded a single song from Apple Store. 🙁

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Was iPad designed to compete with amazon kindle

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Was iPad designed to compete with amazon kindle ? if so man-o-man its the perfect thing to own.I’ve seen so many criticize the iPad . I am not a huge apple fan.Thats probably why i don have so much high expectations. I have never found apple products so robust .My  little open source Ubuntu  can do  so much more the the best mac’s out there .

Anyway back to point . I see peple comparing iPad to a rock… Hahahah . Amazing i tell you. What i liked about the iPad is that the iBook app. Its a nice app where in i can store  a lot of book but then it is useful only if the reader is fine with e-book reading. some prefer the real book. Well i’m ok with both. Developing a app for iPad is pretty simple. They launched the sdk’s well ahead of the yet to be announced release date.  i could write a “”hello world” program in less than 5 mins. Thats one of the things  i liked about the iPad.One needs to carry around the dock connector to connect to PC which is quite cumbersome!!!! If u are interested in buying a kindle then i’d advice you to buy a iPad. The iPad also come with the capacitive touch screen,which is so convenient to use. Apple user interface design has also made me to think but then the os uses lot to processing power just to process the user input which by any standards is NOT appropriate.

Tech Spec of iPad:-

  • 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)  and Bluetooth 2.1
  • 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

Kindle

Tech Spec of kindle:-

  • nothing !! its a piece of crap one can buy for 430 odd $$. it has a bad black and white display!!!!
  • Rubbish keyboard

Will iPad be a success Story .Hmmm i don think so , but i can tell you there are a lot of apple fans who are ready to but it just for heck of it !

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What to Call Apple’s New Creation? iTablet? iSlate? iPad?

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I was Stunned to Watch This Video! And I have to wait for another 12 hours to know whether this Apple Tablet Video is Fake or Not!

Its all about Apple Tablet. Finally Apple is Unveiling its New Creation on 27th January 10:00 am PT. They have Certainly not revealed it officially as “iPad” or “iTablet” or “iSlate”.. Is Today End for all Apple Tablet Rumors?

Some of the Links which says More about Apple’s New Creation!

Apple Tablet rumor roundup: summer 2010 edition

What to expect from Apple’s tablet unveiling

Jobs confirms we’ll see “major new product” tomorrow

Apple Tablet at $700 Is Too Expensive: Report Says

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Who is the best CEO of them all??

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‘Mirror Mirror on the wall…Who is the best CEO of them all?”

And instead of the reflection in the mirror, the Harvard Business Review answered “Steve Jobs”!

Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple in 1985 but the same company brought him back as their CEO a decade later. Apple was in a very bad shape when he took over but under his able leadership, Apple soon bounced back and the rest is history. In fact, sources say that Jobs’s return to Apple delivered a whopping 3188 percent industry – adjusted return!! And Apple’s market value has increased by $150 billion. No wonder he is named as the best CEO

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Yin Jong-Yong of Samsung was ranked 2nd in the list. John Chambers of CISCO(4), Jeff Bazos of Amazon(7), Margaret Whitman of EBay(8) and Eric Schmidt of Google(9) were the others who found their way into the ranking. Our very own Mukesh Ambani was ranked 5th in the list and is the only Indian in the top 50 CEO’s

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