Apple has excluded the ability to run Adobe's Flash player on its new iPad device – which means about 75% of the world's Internet content won't run on the iPad and possibly heralding a major clash with Adobe.
In a blog post last week, Adobe group manager Adrian Ludwig points out the, like the iPhone and iPod before it, the new iPad can't display Flash content.
"There's something important missing from Apple's approach to connecting consumers to content," he writes. "It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers.
"Unlike many other ebook readers using the ePub file format, consumers will not be able to access ePub content with Apple's DRM technology on devices made by other manufacturers. And without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the web."
Ludwig points out the users using their iPads to connect to siets like Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab — "not to mention the millions of other sites on the web" – will be out of luck.
"Adobe and more than 50 of our partners in the Open Screen Project are working to enable developers and content publishers to deliver to any device, so that consumers have open access to their favorite interactive media, content, and applications across platform, regardless of the device that people choose to use," he adds.