Every Tuesday, iFans picks two controversial topics to debate about in the weekly “Square Off” column. This week, we’re pitting Adobe Flash against HTML5 and other alternatives for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Square Off Archives
For several years, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users wondered if they would ever be able to run Adobe Flash on their devices. In the early days of iFans, over four-and-a-half years ago, there was actually a number of rumors that suggested Flash would make its way to iOS devices at some point in time. The nail in the coffin came in April 2010, however, when Steve Jobs published an open letter that explained why the company does not — and never will — employ Adobe Flash on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
While the debate continued about the implementation of Adobe Flash on iOS devices, a new alternative known as HTML5 emerged and took precedent on Apple’s mobile operating system. Nowadays, several games and web apps can be accessed in this open format. Although there is still progress that needs to be made with regards to HTML5, it has quickly become an industry standard for Apple. So, does HTML5 prevail, or would you still prefer to use Flash on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? Sound off in the comments and feel free to mention other alternative formats such as H.264 for videos.