A lot of gloating going on in here which is to be expected given the inconvenience of missing sites or parts of sites on the iPhone, and the vindication of SJ.
Flash will take a long time to go away- you have to admit you see it on tons of sites right now, right this second. The desktop version can't be continued for too long either now- but this is going to take years! So for me this is good riddance, but with some transition pain involved that is not a good thing.
I am happy that in the future open standards will be able to accomplish the same things flash did. Until then I will be able to surf the flash sites (when I choose to by clicking on them) Everyone is forgetting that smooth anims, sound, and complex routines did not exist on web pages before shockwave and flash. HTML-5 can finally replace it at this point.
What people have not addressed here is the downside to the controlling aspect of Apple's strategies. If I buy a $400 piece of hardware it should be my right to install ANY software even if it's buggy and power hungry. Especially an on demand plugin like flash. It's right in line with corporate policy to make life tough for other threats to the itunes juggernaut.
Unless my phone is gonna catch on fire or something there is no reason to treat me like I am 5 years old. I hate the censorship and the rigid control over development that Apple insists on. It seems like the company started with an anti-big-brother attitude, but right now they are the big gorilla with the hordes of lawyers, PI's, and control of a platform with API's that they keep private so they always have the edge. (that last strategy has historically been a big- and true- complaint against Microsoft from Mac-headz)
If Mr. Jobs (who I greatly admire) was right about flash, he used all the might and power of Apple to help make it happen! With the # of iphones out and the iPad dominance that doesn't exactly make him Nostradamus as flash sites became a bad choice for any developer not wanting to significantly shrink their market.
Anyway, so long flash- it always irritated me too- just glad I was given the choice to use it when I felt like it.
Just another developer on both iOS and Android