I was watching the keynote and the demo of iWork. I kept thinking, how did these files that they're playing with get on the iPad? How do you build one of these files from scratch using the iPad? Where are these files stored?
I have no idea why Apple, or Steve didnt announce this at the event but there is way to share documents between applications.
Or here's another common useage scenario - a non techy person buys an iPad, believing the ads that it's netbook replacement. They go (in the UK) BBC iPlayer, or (in the US) Hulu. Oops, no flash. Two of the most popular sites in the world rendered utterly useless. So they go to Facebook. They see pretty much all their friends playing farmville, poker, and many other facebook apps. They want to play too. Ooops, flash required again!
They give up, and decide to browse some non flash sites, ignoring the giant missing flash plug-in boxes all over the place. They receive an IM from a friend, but oh no, they have to quit Safari just to reply to an IM... That can't be right, can it? They send their message and go back to Safari. Another message comes in, so they quit again, load IM again, and repeat. Pretty soon that gets awfully tiring.
I suspect that Apple will allow limited multi-tasking and probably before release too, but if not version 3.2.1 of the software - its the kind of restriction that makes sense on an iPhone but not on an iPad but as far as I know nobody knows whether they have that restriction, or not, it just seemed that they did because the method of exciting the applications was to hit the home screen. As with the iPhone.
We have no idea if technically one of those applications can launch a helper application, or not. It may be able to. Either way an unlocked version will - which is, of course - not a big deal in this case ( unlocking, I mean).
As for the rest of your arguments, there will be an iPlayer iPad application - I think there is an iPhone application as it is, if so tis done. If not, it will be. That will be true of all websites who want to run on an iPad ( the thing will not be the best for porn but what ya gonna do?). That possibly small percentage of facebook users who dont want to just update on the FaceBook application but want to use Flash are not in luck. What they should
do is not buy an iPad. Problem solved and let's move on.
(And given the hysterical over-reaction to the lack of Flash on the iPad I expect that my 96 year old great-granny will be talking about this next time I visit the home. Nobody can claim they didnt know.)
Meanwhile, the rest of us will make do with a empty plugin sign where once their could have been an annoying flash add. We will live with that. We could also live without farmville - after all most people do.
As for the Openness, or not, of the platform. The people who give a sh*t are not the market. When an aged relative of yours asks whether to buy the iPad with its ( then 500,000) applications, or a Linux notepad with it's 26 applications ( 512 if you know how to use a make file and install.sh) and you promote the openess of the OS with less applications they will probably ignore you. Well unless they like futzing around with install.sh.
And as usual, as with the people who bemoaned the iPhone's lack of Blah or Foo, or blahFoo; you miss the most important point. How does the entrie thing integrate? How does the software work in real lives, in real hands?
We will know when we see it. Ask late iPhone adopters - I was a Fan boy but most werent - they tried it out and bought it. That too, here.
And Flash bedamned. We dont care. Future iPhone users don't care. Possibly Flash devs care.