More random thoughts on the iPad

I've already written my thoughts on the iPad, but here's a few more thoughts about the iPad that have either been going through my mind or I've read about elsewhere and that I think are worth drawing attention to.

Another reason why Flash won't be on the iPhone: Flash isn't the only web plugin

If Apple allows Flash on the iPad (or iPhone / iPod touch) then the floodgates will be opened for other plugin such as Microsoft's Silverlight and Java to be allowed onto the device. Possibly even opening Apple up to anti-competitive scrutiny for only allowing Flash. If Flash isn't on the iPhone then no other plugin / runtime has any more of a right to be there either.

Mac OSX Snow Leopard an indication of OSX on iPad-like devices?

Reading this TechCrunch article about rumours of a possible larger iPad running something more like the full Mac OSX made me wonder whether the slimming down process involved in the development of Snow Leopard is a clue as to whether we'll see OSX running on lower-powered, lower-energy processors. Perhaps we'll even see Mac OSX running on the ARM processor architecture itself? Even if not on a different processor architecture then at least on some other efficient low-powered chip.

The controlled nature of the iPad's OS has gotten some people worried that future versions of Mac OSX will end up being the same with no ability to install apps of your own choosing etc. It would be interesting to pose this question directly to Steve Jobs - just what is the future of Mac OSX? I guess we'll find out at the next WWDC!

Many Flash games websites wouldn't be playable on the iPad

Louie Mantia makes some really good points in his article "Flash Isn’t The Problem, Flash Design Is The Problem". Many Flash based websites rely on you hovering over menus to navigate through them, and the majority of Flash games use the keyboard as the means of controlling them. Both of these methods of interaction are not applicable to the iPhone or iPad's interface paradigms, as such even if Flash was on the iPhone or iPad you wouldn't be able to use many of these sites or play many of the games!

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If I think of anything else or find other interesting post I'll add them here :)


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Originally published on 2010-02-12 18:20:18 by Rick Curran

Last edited on 2010-02-12 18:20:18 by Rick Curran

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