For years, Apple has been prohibiting the Flash technology on iPhone, iPod touch and lately on iPad too. However, user interest is quite high, according to current statistics by Adobe.
Adobe told the San Francisco Chronicle that over 7 million downloads in vain were registered in December 2009 by iPhone and iPod touch owners. In June 2009, it had only been some 3 million download tries.
Users probably try downloading the plug-in after visiting web sites that require Flash to display certain contents. Trying to download the Flash plug-in from Adobe.com fails however. Adobe displays a clear message on these devices and says it’s Apple’s fault:
Apple restricts use of technologies required by products like Flash Player. Until Apple eliminates these restrictions, Adobe cannot provide Flash Player for the iPhone or iPod touch.
In the meantime, Adobe is developing the Flash technology for further platforms. For example, it will get introduced for Google’s operating system Android as well as for Palm Pre. According to Strategy Analytics analysts, 53% of all smartphones will support Flash by 2012.