“One product I believe WON’T be coming soon from Apple is a Flash plug-in for the iPhone… because of the strategic importance of Apple’s WebKit — the basis of the Safari browser on Mac, Windows, and now the iPhone and iPod Touch,” Robert X. Cringely writes for PBS. “WebKit, an open source web browser engine (not a web browser in its own right but all the parts you’d need to build a web browser), is key to Apple’s vision for devices like the iPhone and the iPod Touch that live somewhere between computers and phones and define where Apple is headed with its mobile strategy.”
“The point of WebKit for Apple was to define an open source standard for rendering web pages on all sorts of Internet-enabled devices. This also explains why Apple used KHTML instead of Gecko or its own web engine for Safari — even though KHTML was terrible at rendering web pages that were optimized for Internet Explorer. KHTML is the only rendering engine that can pass the Acid2 web-rendering test, and following a standard was more important to Apple than correctly rendering poorly written web pages,” Cringely writes.
“Which brings us back to the lack of a Flash player or plug-in for the iPhone, which is the single greatest reason why we do not yet see true third-party iPhone applications. Had Apple allowed a Flash player on the iPhone, it risked having Flash — rather than the Apple-preferred Ajax — become the dominant iPhone web application development environment,” Cringely writes. “I’m not saying that a Flash player or plug-in won’t eventually appear, but Apple won’t allow it to happen until Cupertino feels the WebKit/iPhone/iPod Touch platform is established well enough to stand on its own.”
“The next logical WebKit product for Apple, it seems to me, is a much larger version of the iPod Touch. It would be Apple’s first tablet computer and, while they’ll still claim it runs OS X, Apple WON’T call it a Mac,” Cringely writes.
Much more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mtnmnn” for the heads up.]