Opera joins in Apple vs. Flash argument

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Opera has joined in the argument over Flash, with the company telling TechRadar that they will support Flash for the time being, but that the company needs to start embracing web standards if it doesn’t want to come under constant attack,” Patrick Goss reports for TechRadar UK.

“Opera’s product analyst Phillip Grønvold believes that support for Flash is critical at the current time, but that times are changing fast as HTML5 moves closer,” Goss reports. “‘Flash does have its purposes and will have its purposes, the same as [Microsoft’s] Silverlight and others, especially for dynamic content,’ Grønvold said. ‘But flash as a video container makes very little sense for CPU, WiFi battery usage etcetera – you can cook an egg on [devices] once you start running Flash on them and there’s a reason for that.'”

Goss reports, “…It is clear that the web giants are not rushing to defend Adobe from the might of Apple, and that in itself speaks volumes.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hey, maybe Apple should offer Flash for iPad: A portable glass-top skillet could be quite useful on camping trips or for whipping up a quick breakfast on the commuter train. Seriously, think about it: Ice fishermen could use their iPads to melt their fishing holes, warm their hands, and cook pancakes. iPad with Flash, a Multi-Touch™ Web-surfing hot plate. The possibilities are endless – even if the battery life wouldn’t be.

Note to advertisers: (including those who advertise via third-party ad networks and become, in effect, our advertisers): Your Flash-based ads are no longer reaching the most well-heeled customers online: 50+ million iPhone owners. They’re also not hitting 35+ million iPod touch users or 1+ million brand new iPad users. If you care about reaching people with discretionary income, you might want to consider dumping your flash-based ads and moving to a more open format that people with money and the will to spend it can actually see.

Help kill Adobe’s Flash:
• Ask MarketWatch to offer HTML5 video via the customer support web form here.
• Ask CNBC to offer HTML5 video via the customer support web form here.
• Contact Hulu and ask them to offer HTML5 video via email:
• Ask ESPN360 to offer HTML5 video instead Flash via their feedback page here.
• Join YouTube’s HTML5 beta here.
• On Vimeo, click the “Switch to HTML5 player” link below any video.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “TheMightyFinder” for the heads up.]


  1. Anyone else read into this that Opera has no spine and a very brown nose… it appears that they are trying to kiss up to both Adobe and Microsoft, while at the same time trying to appear to be “forward thinking” by claiming that they are supporting HTML5.

    You can’t have it both ways, Opera. Well… scratch that… you can, but you’ll just end up like Microsoft Internet Explorer… a bloated monster trying to support everything, but being good at none.

  2. Abandoned purposes “the same as [Microsoft’s] Silverlight”. Ouch! Next they will be talking about the abandoned Microsoft Windows (of all types) and then maybe the Google Droid.

    It is a blood bath out there. Can you imagine people want innovative efficient products and services. How will companies like Microsoft earn a living?

  3. I wonder how much Apple would charge for the Teflon coated iPad. Would they add a small lip to the back to avoid spillage? There could be an entire line of “mobile cookware.” Of course it would be difficult to exchange recipes while actually cooking.
    I suppose you could place the iPad face-down on a glass table, lock the screen upside-down, and use a mirror under the table to re-invert and view the image.
    As you can see, . . . we aren’t very far from making the iPad serve as a coffee maker, or grill-toaster.

  4. Actually, I’m having lunch with friends, next week, at the exact proposed time my 3G iPad is set to be delivered.

    I would be very pleased if it came a day earlier, . . . and the restaurant had wifi.

  5. @ AppleJack

    I finally turned on my 3G yesterday. My office only allows Windows machines on WiFi (due to visionary certificate policies) and I also cancelled my land-line to displace the cost, so it was time.

    I’m EXTREMELY pleased. So much so that I don’t even bother connecting to the (sometimes spotty and tempramental) WiFi at my local haunts. 3G works better in most cases, unless you’re at home or some other fast, dependable place. I’m been sitting here at my local coffee shop for over 2 hours, using 3G and the BlueTooth keyboard, and my battery shows 90% left. Multi-thumbs up!

  6. “The possibilities are endless – even if the battery life wouldn’t be.”

    Oh, MDN, you’ve been holding onto that one for a while! Just waiting for the right moment to spring it.

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