I’m a bit amused and confused by the public war over Flash on the iPhone. I’m an avid iPhone user. I also don’t tend to like Flash on the web unless it’s really called for, like something very interactive or video.
I won’t bother guessing whether Apple’s motives are truly meant to control their ecosystem or have my best interests in mind.
We can categorize Flash use into two broad categories: video and non-video. Considering how much video is available in the Flash format I’d argue that Apple should make an effort to show those videos natively on the device (if that’s even allowed). Why not an app, similar to the YouTube one, that appears whenever you click on a Flash video in the browser? But, I hope Jobs is right and non-Flash video will soon replace Flash.
However, I have absolutely no interest in non-video Flash on my iPhone. Why would I want it? To visit sites that are fully in Flash? I don’t bother visiting any sites like that on a PC, so have no need on my phone. What about for games? Just imagine how useless a typical Flash game would be on such a small screen. Either you’ll have to zoom in and scroll around constantly (plus, what would distinguish between a zoom touch and something for the app?), or look at it zoomed all the way out.
I think it’ll be pretty funny when Android and Blackberry phones soon get Flash and people suddenly wonder what they’re supposed to do with it.