I <3 Apple but some apples are rotten.
I dream about a device I can have fun with, go to conferences with, do presentations with, use on the plane, and have in the kitchen while I cook. I love my iPod but it is so small. I love my laptop, but it is so heavy to lug around and carry cords for and well it’s for work really.
I wanted an item that had great graphics where I could watch movies, listen to music, and browse the Internet… ALL of the INTERNET.
AND if I don’t want to open a browser there is this thing call AIR. It is awesome actually. Has whole bunch of really great apps with almost no boundaries. True innovation. And you don’t need approval from an app store to publish it.
And we all know that Adobe has reached out to Apple and has clearly stated the intent to enable open access to Flash content and applications on all devices. There is <3 for Adobe Indesign but not Flash? Does it have to have the name iFlash to qualify?
Adobe is happy the iBooks supports the ePub standard which is supported as an output format in Adobe Indesign. I have a suspicious feeling someone got burned using Flash a long time ago. And some how just bitter. But things are changing! Flash says "Watch me now!"
Is it just that Apple wants to control their users? And I get it, it is about making money.
But they need to remember that they are Apple. People love their product. It is the experience, not the cost if you have the money to invest in it. Obviously anyone who is getting an iPad is buying it for the experience and doesn’t necessarily need an iPad. So how does locking down viewable content make them lose money? You would sell more units if it was Flash enabled. Am I crazy?
Could you answer these questions for me below or feel free to link back to your blog in my comments section.
- What is your wish list for the next version of iPad?
- Have you thought of when/where you would use it?
- As an Adobe Product developer, do you see your clients wanting to develop more apps for the iPad?
- What impression did this make on different age groups?
- How does it make you feel as a member of a large population of developers who are respected in the industry, being denied the ability to show off your skills and creativity?
The good thing is, you can’t build something great without someone trying it out first. Apple tried to make something that appealed to a large audience. I imagine in the future there will be changes and new accessories. So lets prepare for the future of products like these. What are the uses for an item like this if the sky was the limit? Think of teachers, students, movie directors, hospitals, etc. What could be done with augmented reality, interactive forms, movie editing, visual data, etc. Once the time comes and someone makes a good decision for change, you have to be ready. (I know, you were hoping the time was now, patience…. but make sure you voice your opinion now!)
P.S.- Snow White is looking for her prince charming, it isn't SJ.