Homebrew prodigy Comex is best known for developing the only browser-based jailbreak for Apple's iOS devices. A Flash port for iOS called Frash also figures prominently on his list of achievements. Now, the latest version of Frash supports jailbroken iPhone 4s as well. In fact, the Flash port is only compatible with iOS devices with ARMv7 architecture-based processors: iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G, iPad, iPhone 4. iOS4 / iPad 3.2.x.
Having a jailbroken iOS device is the first step on the road to installing Frash. Tech blog Redmond Pie has a helpful guide detailing the rest of the journey. But be warned that Frash is still not the most stable piece of code and only supports limited Flash content.
In his tirade against Adobe's Flash platform, one of the reasons Steve Jobs says Apple doesn't allow the popular plug-in to run on Apple's iPhones, iPods, and iPads is because "Flash has not performed well on mobile devices." In fact, Steve Jobs claims his Cupertino company has "routinely asked Adobe to show us [Apple] Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now." Anyone think a demo of Flash running smooth on the iPad would change his mind?
Probably not, but that didn't stop iPhone hacker "comex" from demonstrating it anyway. This is the same guy who developed the Spirit untethered jailbreak tool for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and now he's gone and ported a version of Adobe Flash runtime for Android to run on the iPad using a compatibility layer, which he's calling "Frash."
"Frash can currently run most Flash programs natively in the MobileSafari browser," reads a description of the YouTube video showing Frash in action. "Frash currently only runs on the iPad, but support for other devices (3GS+ only due to technical restrictions" is planned, as well as support for iOS 4."
Comex says he'll release Frash when it's fully stable, and in the meantime, "developers are welcome to join the effort at http://github.com/comex/frash -- fork it an send a pull request with your patches."