No Java, Flash for iPhone this Christmas

The popular application deployment platforms remain shut out of Apple's celebrated mobile device

Why Apple may be resisting Flash and Java support

Beyond the iPhone's limited computational capabilities, Apple may have several legitimate reasons to hold off on supporting Flash and Java, Allen says. "It's very easy to accuse Apple of conspiring to do certain types of things. Usually, it's a bit more complex than that," he says.

For example, the carriers that resell the iPhone may have asked Apple to drop such support, perhaps to limit the stress on their networks. (Some cellular carriers lock out the RIM BlackBerry's HTML and JavaScript support, for example.) And maintaining control over what the iPhone runs also lets Apple check for application reliability to maintain its vaunted user experience, Allen notes. And he credits Apple for supporting a strong third-party app environment on the iPhone: "There're 10,000 applications [available for the iPhone]. Nobody [else] in the cell phone marketplace has approved 10,000 applications in what, six months?"

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