TED is yet one more major site that has added support for the iPhone and iPad by adopting HMTL5 support, and it's just another reason why I believe that the days of Flash are numbered. Flash is notoriously buggy, and one of the biggest resource hogs crippling todays computers and net, and something that HMTL5 will help to, hopefully, address.
So, thanks, in large part, to Apple's firm decision to exclude Flash from both its popular iPhone and iPad, the momentum to towards adopting HTML5 and away from Flash is now clearly seen to be accelerating. Already, thanks to the iPad, the venerable New York Times and others, such as CBS, are all seemingly jumping aboard the HMTL5 train. Also, it's rumored that NPR (National Public Radio) and another venerable news source, the Wall Street Journal, will also be supporting the iPhone and iPad by adding HMTL5 support as well. Even Virgin Airway's official web site dumped Flash in order to better support the iPhone, and when you also add YouTube and Google's Chrome browser, as well as Vimeo to the list, it's easy to see that Flash's days in the sun are indeed clearly marked on the wall. I suspect that we can expect to see a lot more Flash dumping in the near and long term future as well.
The very fact that all of these big players are now suddenly and seemingly going out of their way to support Apple's Flash-less devices is a testament to the sheer power and influence of one man, Steve Jobs, and the company that he helped to co-found - Apple! From being a company, that a mere decade ago, was considered to be as good as dead, well what can you say except that it has been nothing short of being pretty dang-tooting amazing. It's no wonder why Steve Jobs was yet once again named as being the world's most valuable businessman. According to Barron's, the world could use 1,000 Steve's, and, who knows, maybe it could?
In conclusion, just let me say that one of the biggest and the very best legacies to come from the iPad just might be that it helped to hasten of the death of the notoriously buggy, insecure, resource hog known as Flash! In fact, Flash is so insecure that its biggest fans are mostly likely those who just happen to write most of all of those nasties out there known as virus's, trojans and other such stinking malware that have been plaguing the net, and especially for Windows users, for such a long time now. Flash, of course, isn't responsible for all of them, but it certainly has been the vehicle of choice for many of them and the sooner that it is dead and buried, well the better off we'll all be.
So, thanks Apple and your iPad for helping accelerate the adoption of HMTL5 and thus hastening the day when the internet will be a safer, more secure, less buggy and a more enjoyable experience - and a world and net without Flash!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Monday, March 29, 2010