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We all know that one of the biggest criticisms of the iPhone/iPad OS is that it doesn’t support flash, and Apple has continued to ignore the requests for Flash support on their mobile devices. It seems the Flash gods are smiling down on Apple fans because their wishes have finally been answered. Sort of.

The mobile browser app, Skyfire, which we reviewed in July Showdown: Best Mobile Internet Browser (Opera Mini vs. SkyFire) Showdown: Best Mobile Internet Browser (Opera Mini vs. SkyFire) Read More , has come up with a solution that will leave iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users ecstatic, while Apple hasn’t lifted a finger to alter the OS or Safari browser to make it happen.


Rather than display videos in Flash format, Skyfire converts the video to HTML5 – which of course is supported on the iPhone. However, the news is only half good. Not all Flash websites will work with Skyfire. Hulu, for example, will not work on Apple’s mobile devices, and fans of Flash-based games are out of luck. Skyfire only works with videos.

Aside from the much needed Flash support, Skyfire’s other features include one-click social sharing through Facebook and Twitter, private browsing, and allowing you to easily find related content and media to the page you are browsing.

Skyfire for the iPhone has somehow made it through Apple’s approval system, and should be out by the end of the week. Like the Android version, Skyfire for the iPhone is not a standalone app, but rather adds these features to the native mobile Safari browser.

Why Apple has approved Skyfire after having been so adamantly against supporting Flash is beyond us, but we’re certainly not complaining. Of course, Skyfire will come with a price tag, but a small one of $2.99 at that.

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Want to see Skyfire in action? Check out their video:

Source: Apple Insider

  1. Salt Water Cleanse
    November 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for information, I'll always keep updated here!

  2. fruitgeek.wordpress.com
    November 2, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    You can use Cloud Browse to watch all flash videos

    • nm
      November 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      Looking at the limitations on Cloud Browse for non-US users - Skyfire definitely seems like the better and cheaper option.

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