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.
Apple restricts all kinds of VM type apps, because they want sole control over what you can do with the phone. Once you have access to flash, they can basically forget about a large percentage of profits from their app store, because people will make advertiser supported iPhone-targeted flash pages that make buying the apps unnecessary.
In short: the app store is Apple's way of selling you the really interactive portions of the internet, one page at a time. I personally wouldn't own an iPhone unless it was jailbroken.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Yep, blame Apple. That's easier than plugging all the security holes in the various Flash players. Personally I can do without it on a regular basis,
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."
Flash now works fine in Linux, but for many years it was a PITA for 64-bit users. Luckily, there wasn't much reason to _need_ it back then, unless you wanted to blend frogs.
Nowadays, with Flash videos being everywhere, a platform without some flash player is somewhat debilitated.
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