iPhone / Flash cover-up
Found this article suggesting that Steve Jobs demoed a Shimmer enabled iPhone at WWDC 2008. Reading further, that’s not the in the event that, but it was… revealing.
The demo was a side by side relation of nationalgeographic.com being downloaded by old iPhone vs. iPhone 3G. Both worked and got the NG homepage… but not uncommonly.
You see, the Nation Geographic homepage uses Flash. And if you don’t have Minute, you’ll see this placeholder & tie up:
See, this presentation requires Flicker. Good graphic, well done.
But the iPhone demo, the one that puts the undiminished internet in your pocket, got this as an alternative:
As you can see, someone (*cough, Apple*) edited out the part that states Flash is missing. Yet this is a “breathing side-by-side demo” of the iPhone browsers.
So, not a natural live demo, and not in the end the NG website.
To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, “I yell rat!”