Like the iphone it does so much more than just the internet, not having flash isn't going to be a problem in my opinion. Especially if it supports HTML5 and things like LP's. We're really talking about shaping perceptions and I'm not so sure the users first instinct is going to be "how am I getting short changed in my web experience".
The rumours suggest the iTab is likely to be launched early in 2010. Whatever the merits of HTML5 over Flash, the reality is that the Internet will be scarcely any different then, than it is now.
The iTab will have to face the web of today, when it launches, not that envisioned for tomorrow. Today it has flash and Java.
Let me put it another way; If the new iMacs and Macbook Pros didn't have Flash or Java - of which SJ said "Java's not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It's this big heavyweight ball and chain." - how well would they be accepted do you think?
The medical market worldwide is quite big enough that I doubt Apple would have to worry about much else for a while. The main problem would be making enough of them.
Stuff you need access to a file system for, run all your legacy OSX apps? The model of having to go through an Apple store to put software onto your device will not work for a larger more general purpose device, IMO.
Really? The one killer functionality that put the iPhone ahead of the pack prior to the App Store was it's superior Web surfing experience, hence all the hullabaloo over statistics showing what a huge proportion of mobile device internet access was being done via iPhones.
And before you turn that around and say that was all done without Flash too, I think the crucial difference would be that people will forgive the lack with a tiny device that is limited by a small screen, whereas they wouldn't for something bigger, where full functionality would be expected, as it is with an iMac or Macbook.
Oh no, I hope Apple never again try to B*shit users with nonsense like they did when touting the superiority of Power PC based Macs over those with Intel architchture.