updated 01:45 pm EDT, Thu April 1, 2010
Apple notes NYT, Flickr onboard with HTML5
Apple fired a shot at Adobe on Thursday by posting a list of iPad ready sites. All of the pages support HTML5 for video when seen on the iPad and either show a special site without Adobe Flash or have already dropped Flash in favor of the plugin-free option. In addition to known sites like Vimeo and Virgin America, it also confirms that CNN, Flickr, the New York Times and several other major sites have made the switch.
The company goes so far as to invite submissions of other sites to extend the list well past its current count.
Putting up the site is an overt jab at Adobe, which has made it a point to show Flash on smartphones and claim that the plugin is essential to video on the web. HTML5 is normally more complicated to implement than Flash, but many sites have either considered it worth granting access to iPads and iPhones. Brightcove has already developed a turnkey HTML5 video player that will give the NYT and others a much quicker implementation.