Here's a better comparison: when Apple got rid of the floppy (some) people whined as if the world was coming to an end. How many computers come with floppy drives today? In a few years the same will be said about flash.
Some of you are late to the party and it shows. If lack of flash was going to hurt iOS it would have happened already due to the iPhone and to an extent iPod Touch. There weren't even true installable apps when that came out--just "web apps." Yet it was a success--without flash. Apple is hardly risking much due to flash, or lack of.
Well it was announced out of beta on the droidforums.net anyways. I never bothered to actually check cuase i dont use it. Didnt see any reason not to believe em though.
I'm reading this post and you guys are talking way over my head; Mrs. deckyon and Rac....but I do have a question concerning photos. I brought the camera connection kit, I haven't used it just yet but my question is: how many photos can the ipad hold, and can the photos be deleted off the ipad to make room for new ones.
Flash - I use flashblock with firefox on pc and Mac. Chances are, if you picked up a virus off the web, you got it though malicious flash. So I don't miss it on the iPad.
USB - I can see why people want a USB connection now, but I bet in a year or two you won't care. Remember when floppy drives disappeared and people were outraged? Same thing. Wifi is just more convenient.
User access to file system - For a general purpose computer, this would be a deal breaker. But the iPad is not a general purpose computer. It's not intended to be. It's an appliance. Use an iPad for a while and then try to explain to me why you need to know where your files are.
Don't get me wrong. The iPad is not perfect. And I expect it to keep improving as time goes on. But don't blame it for not being something it was never meant to be.
But until Wi-Fi access is everywhere, free, and fast, we still need things like USB/SD for portable file storage.
A basic file system is all many of us want. It doesn't need to be anything like Windows, just a designated folder that I can store files on for school, work, or just traveling. I just want to be able to easily and quickly copy word documents, PDF files, etc without having to upload it to Google documents, then download it through Good Reader. Then if I modify the file on the iPad (adding notes), I can't really get that file off of there without e-mailing it to myself, then loading it up again.
A modern device that is even remotely similar to a computer should be able to function on that basic level.
Just butting in to say
I LOVE SWYPE on my Fascinate....I keep trying to swype the iPad now...