One of the disadvantages of the iPhone is the lack of Flash support. Yes you have h.264 support for YouTube and BBC iPlayer, but many websites use Flash for navigation, and I have found it frustrating at times.
I have blogged before about the possibity of Flash for the iPhone, but another more interesting rumour has surfaced from Appleinsider.
Once thought to be building Flash for the iPhone mostly on its own, Adobe has mentioned at the World Economic Forum that it’s not only continuing work on the animation plug-in but has teamed up with Apple to make it a reality.
I hope that this rumour gets confirmed and we do get Flash for the iPhone.
The rumour mill is starting again on the possibility of an Apple tablet style large iPod touch device.
We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.
Apple has been experimenting internally with large form tablet devices for years, one source says, but there was concern that users wouldn’t like the device. The difference now is the iTunes app store, which has thousands of games and other applications that are perfect for a touch screen device with an accelerometer.
I have always liked the Tablet PC format and to get something like a large iPod touch with a big screen would certainly fit many of my requirements. A stand and support for a Bluetooth keyboard and I would have the perfect mobile device for conferences, events and travelling.
Of course this rumour has been circulating for years and there is every possibility that we will never see an Apple tablet style device. Hope we do though!
Okay this is a rumour, which basically means that it may have absolutely no foundation in truth and is just purely a figment of someone’s imagination.
It is rumoured (did I say this was a rumour) that Apple in October may be releasing a MacBook touch.
This product would have the touch interface of the iPhone and the iPod touch with the capability of a proper MacBook.
Gizmodo quotes MacDailyNews:
Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured multi-touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion’s haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS.
I would certainly like to see an Apple Tablet type device.