Apple's Flash hiatus to come to an end
The illusive and longstanding bugbear of Apple’s portable products looks set to be rectified shortly as a new downloadable app of the Skyfire mobile browser will allow iPhone users to view Flash videos directly from their handsets.
The app, which was submitted back in August and has reportedly since been approved by Apple, is set to bring Flash to iOS running devices, correcting a problem many Apple fans feared would never be resolved based on Steve Jobs’ spat with Adobe over the popular video format.
A fully-fledged web browser built on top of Safari, Skyfire, whilst not capable of playing Flash videos directly, converts the Flash content to H.264 a HTML5 compatible codec that will bypass the previous Flash incompatibility issues and allow videos to be viewed in a pop up window. Making the “can’t view this video” warnings which are all too common to iPhone users a thing of the past, the Flash issues that have caused much controversy with Apple fans are set to come to a somewhat patchy end.
"The “Video” icon [on Skyfire] enables users to play millions of Flash videos around the web that otherwise do not play on mobile. This unlocks content trapped behind those error messages with question marks and blue Legos by transcoding the Flash content into HTML5 on Skyfire’s servers" proclaimed a Skyfire press release.