Fresh reports that Apple's decision to not include Flash, on the iPad, is beginning to have an impact that could significantly speed up the adoption of HTML5 and, as well, significantly hasten the death of Flash.
It's now being reported that one of the biggest networks in the world, CBS, is now testing HTML5 in order to make it one of the first to be fully compatible with Apple's new iPad. CBS has been testing HTML5 video, out in the open, on Apple's iPad emulator, and you can probably bet your last cream puff and apple-cherry pie that NBC, FOX and ABC, and other networks worldwide, are not just going to let good old CBS get away with being the only ones to support HMTL5 - no way! If CBS adds HTML5, then I predict that we will see it become adopted much faster, and not only by other networks, but also by a host of other online content providers as well, and this boost will all be thanks, in part, to Apple's refusal to allow what they consider to be a buggy piece of software, namely Flash, on the iPad!
Of course, Apple not only refuses to allow Flash to run on the iPad, but also the iPhone as well, and if the US Army ever actually decides to employ the iPhone, which they apparently are considering doing, alongside with the iPad itself, then the days of Flash are truly not only numbered, but its death could be a lot sooner than we might have of otherwise expected.
Even though Apple haters love to bash the iPad, claiming that it doesn't have this or that feature, or that its nothing more than a big, fat iPhone, all while predicting that nobody, other than Mac fan boys, will ever buy one, well, let me say ... get over it! Yes, despite their constant belly aching, not only is the iPhone/iPad being considered for use by the US Army, but apparently, as BusinessWeek reports, its also now being considered for use as a great business tool as well. They report on how one businessman, Jim Turner, recently purchased some 15 iPads in order for his employees to check email while on the go, and for taking down notes while setting up client computer systems for his business consulting firm, Hilltop Consultants.
For a lot of people, who see the iPad primarily being used as a consumer device for movies, music, gaming and e-books the idea of the iPad being wildly used as a functional business tool may seem to be quite a surprise. However, Canada.com noted that a recent survey found the following:
"Of 12 chief information officers surveyed by technology news site TechRepublic in February, 10 said they see a business case for the iPad and other tablets. Of 3,171 consumers surveyed by research firm ChangeWave in February, 13% said their top uses for the device would include working away from the office, and 7% said they’d use it for working on spreadsheets and presentations."
The above site also noted that Paul Carton, vice president of research at ChangeWave, also predicted that: "You can see everyone carry it in their briefcase in two or three years." Wow, that's quite a statement, and if it comes to pass, then that would also be quite an accomplishment to say the least, and quite a testament to Apple's legendary design and marketing prowess.
In conclusion, it's quite obvious that if business does take to the iPad, like proverbial ducks to water, then it's also quite safe to say that Apple's currently ginormous size is about become even a lot more ginomous in the not too distant future, and rightfully so! Apple bashers aside, as great as the the first iPad is, it will be nothing compared to what's coming down the pipes and I have this hunch, and it's mostly that, just that a hunch, that the iPad may just become the biggest driving force in Apple's future growth and one more nail in the coffin for Flash, but we'll just have to wait and see.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, March 25, 2010
Opening screenshot via: MacRumors