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Apple iPad hacked to run Flash

Despite the best efforts of Apple CEO Steve Jobs to make his company's iDevices a Flash-free zone, jailbroken iPads are now able to run a version of Adobe's video and animation software.

According to Redmond Pie, a port of the Adobe Flash runtime for Android has been shoe-horned into the in-demand tablet device using a compatibility layer by well known iPhone fiddler Comex.

The hack, which has been called 'Frash', can apparently run most Flash programmes natively in Mobile Safari on the iPad and Comex reports that support for other devices, including the iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4 running iOS4, is coming soon.

Jobs has been involved in a very public spat with Adobe execs after ousting Flash from Apple devices, saying that it's bloated and buggy, and that HTML5 is the way forward for video delivery.

A number of major players in the video market, including YouTube, have said that although Flash will remain an important component of their systems for the foreseeable future, they will be switching to HTML5 once the technology is supported by all of the big boy browsers.

You can see the hack in action in this Flash video on Youtube.