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Today I’ve had yet another reminder of why I have no interest in seeing Flash on my iPad, or iPhone, or any mobile device really. I use a MacBook Pro as my primary computer. An MBP with 4GB of RAM, dual processors, around 50% of free disk space, and an all-round strong spec.
This morning it spent a while slowing to a crawl and becoming just barely responsive. I spent a few minutes looking into what was up with it. The answer was no surprise at all – a Flash player plugin in my browser had crashed and had very kindly shagged overall system performance along the way. And this is how it goes just about every single time my Mac has any performance problems. I honestly cannot even remember the last time anything other than Flash caused my Mac any problems.
So the idea of running Flash on my iPad – which has 256MB of RAM rather than 4GB, and a single processor has absolutely zero appeal to me. If Apple ever decided to offer Flash support as an option for the iPad or any of their iDevices (right after pigs fly past their windows at their head offices in Cupertino), I’d vote No in a New York second.
I know many will disagree on this subject – and honestly if you have one or more web sites, or web based games, that are essentials for you and that won’t run right without Flash, then I can absolutely understand that you do want to see Flash support in iOS devices. Fair enough.
I just don’t have any sites, or games, that I find myself missing or longing for on the iPad. Even when I do hit an occasional spot where a site can’t do what it’s meant to without Flash, I can generally live without it just fine.
So … Flash support on iOS is a definite No Thanks for me.