By Ed Oswald | Monday, July 5, 2010 at 9:24 am
An enterprising developer has proven that with a little work, Flash will work just fine on the iPad and iPhone, as long as you’re comfortable jailbreaking your device. Yes you will have problems–Flash is intended for use with a mouse, and not touch-based input methods. But certainly it gives hope that enterprising developers can be able to force Apple’s hand.
The program is called “Frash,” and will work in Safari Mobile through a compatibility layer. The program is actually a port of the official Adobe Flash plug-in that is already available for Android devices. Performance is actually pretty decent–sorry Mr. Jobs, there goes your trademark excuse for not allowing Flash at all.
Here’s a video of Frash in action:
Frash will currently only run on the iPad, but there are plans to port it to the iPhone as well. Only the 3GS and iPhone 4 would be supported, obviously for performance reasons.
The poster of the video says that Frash will be released when it’s stable, and that keyboard and video support are being worked on. However, for video to work it would “require major reverse engineering of the video decoding frameworks on the iPhone.”
Cross your fingers they get it to work, and hopefully force Apple to tear down that wall (with all apologies to the Gipper).