A day doesn’t go by without someone speculating that Apple will eventually be forced to include the Flash player on iPhone and iPad in an attempt to fend off the ever increasing Android user base. Personally I don’t see this happening for two reasons.

Firstly, the majority of people aren’t buying Android devices for the Flash support. In fact, I strongly suspect many are buying handsets without even knowing, or caring, that their new device is actually running the Android OS. Android is everywhere now and it’s getting harder to purchase a phone that doesn’t use it. Sure there’s probably many Symbian users disgruntled with Nokia’s ageing OS that have gone over to Android, but again the vast majority probably aren’t using Flash as a deciding factor.

But the main reason I doubt Flash Player will make an appearance on iPhone is that it’s clear Apple doesn’t really need it. iPhone user’s have been getting by surfing the web without Flash for almost four years now, and many of the more popular websites have slowly started to move over to using JavaScript to provide some of the interactivity that was once done in Flash. As for web-based games, again Apple has shown that it doesn’t need Flash here either. The quality of games available through the App Store is nothing short of exceptional and we’re constantly seeing new and innovative ideas.

I’m certainly not taking a swipe at Android or Flash with this post. My primary phone at the moment is an Android and I make a living as a Flash developer. Personally I’d love to see Flash on iPhone and especially the iPad but I’m not going to hold my breath for it.