And they all agreed it was the merriest Christmas ever
God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Flash and Java won’t run by Christmas day
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy,
COMFORT AND JOY!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.
Ah, InfoWorld’s Paul Krill. You’ve got it backwards.
But no one seems to know why Flash and Java aren’t available for the iPhone.
Ooh! Ooh! Pick the Macalope! Pick the Macalope!
Uh, because they blow?
There has been some conjecture that the intermediary nature of Flash and Java, which lets applications run in the Flash Player and on the Java Virtual Machine, might stifle Apple’s control over what goes on the iPhone. But an industry analyst offered a less cynical theory:
C’mon, Paul. Bring it on home.
“Part of the problem, as I understand it, is the ARM processor” that powers the iPhone, says Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.
WE HAVE ENDERLE. REPEAT: WE HAVE ENDERLE.
Although the processor has the advantage of low power consumption, it also has slow performance. As a result, “neither Flash nor Java work on it very well,” Enderle says.
Rob is an obfuscation machine.
An ARM representative declined to comment on the iPhone but did note that the ARM processor can run Flash.
An ARM representative declined to comment on the iPhone but did note that Rob Enderle was dropped a lot as an infant.
iPhone developer Christopher Allen, founder of the iPhoneWebDev community, concurs that full Flash support on the iPhone “probably is beyond what the processor can do.” He notes that the Flash Lite runs on less powerful processors than what the iPhone uses but on those slower processors does not run most Web content.
But Allen believes that the iPhone could run Java today.
And here we have the real issue. Sure, the iPhone could run Flash, but — particularly given the already unoptimized state of Flash on OS X — it would probably have to run some stripped-down, crappier version of Flash.
Wait, there’s a crappier version of Flash? Dear god.
And Java? Well, Java’s just more about security, marketing and asthetics.
But who’s the loser here? Apple’s customers? The ones lining up to buy iPhones? Somebody should alert them because they don’t seem to know.