flash not installed due to Youtube?
I have the suspiscion that Apple made some sort of agreement with Youtube. Well, of course they did since the Youtube icon is on the iPhone main menu. However, youtube plays all of the videos (FLV format) through a SWF or Flash Player file. In fact, FLV means "Flash Video".
Most other video sites also play vids through a SWF, but the Youtube special section accessible through the iPhone either is the only application that is allowed to use flash or is a player in a different format than flash. I expect the iPhone folks agreed to keep the flash player off the iPhone just so that users could NOT access the other video sites such as Ifilm and google video.
I think the exclusion of the flash player is intention as per some agreement with youtube.
I am a developer using flash as a user interface and working with FLEX as well. FLEX applications are not accessible through the iPhone. I cant express without profanity my frustration.
The worst thing about all this is that Apple promised "NOT a watered down version of the internet" LIE!