The battle between Apple and Adobe is not going to end anytime soon, but for frustrated iPad users there may be a way out, sort of. It requires a jail broken iPad but Comex, developer of Frash, thinks it will have a working plug-in soon.
Frash runs within the mobile iPad Safari browser and is based on the Android Flash plug-in that Adobe recently made available for Google’s Android mobile operating system. It is not yet available for wider release; according to its developers it is not quite stable enough.
That said Comex has decided to make the app’s source files available on GitHub so that any developer can improve and tweak the software for iOS. Eventually the app will become reliable enough to release to the public. However Comex says it may be difficult to support all of the features included in the Flash platform, one of them being video – which is what users are really looking for.
Adobe has pointed out time and time again that most of the Web’s games and videos use Flash. Even though HTML 5.0 is due to provide some of the functionality of Flash it is unlikely that Flash will be uprooted any time soon.
Jail breaking of course comes with strings, and is not for the technically challenged. Essentially, unless you are willing to jailbreak your iPad, you will have no chance of having the full web experience on an otherwise excellent device unless Apple bows to public pressure – don’t hold your breath.