In conversations with designers and developers we have been discussing the pro and cons of using HTML5 video instead of Flash. Sites that support iPad / iPhone need HTML5 as an option, and recently has been driving project’s to require non Flash video.
YouTube’s API Blog published an article yesterday, Flash and the HTML5 <video> tag, which goes over the major points of the argument from one of the most influential players in the Flash vs. HTML5 market. It’s important to keep in mind while reading, that YouTube is owned by Google, and is positioned opposite Apple on many issues (this is far from impartial, but the points are applicable anyway).
Steve Jobs posted a response to the whole Flash on iPad / iPhone / iPod issue, an excerpt:
I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.