With the iPhone slated for an end of June debut I have one reservation before I wait in line to get my grubby paws on one—flash. Will the iPhone have Flash support? Mr. Jobs has said numerous times that the iPhone features safari and offers the “full internet” not the “baby internet” or “mobile internet”, but back in January when Steve demoed the iPhone it was apparent that the flash portions of the New York Times were not showing up. Although in the new TV ads for the iPhone the web pages loaded seem to have no missing flash content. Does Apple have Flash running on the iPhone? I think the internet without flash would be more like the adolescent internet or worse the pre-pubecent internet and not what Mr. Jobs is selling. If any of my readers happened to be one of the few with a preproduction iPhone please send a comment if your phone can properly see MARCFOLIO.COM or this page for that matter.
Ok, Apple product number 2. I think the AppleTV is pretty cool (cool enough to be wishing for one for father’s day). A few years back I put a mod chip into my xbox and with that it added the functionality of using the xbox to watch content stored on any computer in the house. We use it to watch shows we normally wouldn’t be able to because they’re not offered here in the US or there’s some pretty cool content that would never be offered on TV because the audience is pretty specific (for some inspiring interviews from top Graphic Designers check out Hillman Curtis and click “film and video”).
Getting video content from the web is pretty easy, but it’s never been easy to watch it on your TV where viewing is much better than being hunched over your keyboard. The modded xbox makes that possible and the AppleTV could be but it also requires a great deal of tinkering/ hacking to make it what the hacker community of the modded xbox has created. So my rant is two part. If the iPod when launched could play mp3’s (most of which people had from the napster days) and almost every other file thrown at it why couldn’t they make that with the AppleTV? Second, Apple last week announced that they would be offering YouTube videos on the AppleTV, and that they were working with the Google boys to re-encode all the YouTube videos from flash to h.264 files. What’s frustrating is with a simple codec from Perian you can watch flash files right in Quicktime (along with a dozen or more other file formats). What’s interesting is that the hackers of the AppleTV have already provided a way to view YouTube videos on the AppleTV and they didn’t require the video be re-encoded (I bet the temperature in San Francisco rises a couple degrees over the summer from all the servers running red hot to re-encode all the YouTube content).
That brings up a question why? What’s a company the size of Google doing bowing down to Apple when Apple could create a solution in a matter of days that supports YouTube in it’s current form? The other thing that’s off here is .flv video files (files used for flash video) are actually higher quality and smaller in size than QuickTime h.264. It doesn’t make much sense except that YouTube will probably be offered on the iPhone and the iPhone doesn’t support flash so therefore Google re-encodes all their video to QuickTime in order to be on everyones’ iPhone. Suck.
They are connected.
Anyway, I’m sure I lost most my readers in the first paragraph and if you made it this far you are very loyal. Apple has brought some great products to market, and they probably work great for most the users that own them. But I think they can do more. I don’t know what’s stopping them from satisfying all their customers. Maybe one day I’ll sit down with Steve and talk one on one about Apple’s latest short comings.