Run Flash on the iPhone with Frash

adobe may sue apple over flash ban player iconThe wall around Apple’s software garden is heading the same way as the Berlin Wall. After the U.S. government took down the razor wire by modifying the DMCA to legalize jailbreaking last month, and Jailbreakme.com sent bricks rumbling by making jailbreaking easy enough for absolutely anyone to do, a new tool called Frash has plowed down the gates by making it possible to run Flash on the iPhone.

Comex, the same developer behind the most recent iPhone 4 jailbreak, released a working version of Frash for iPhone on Sunday. After jailbreaking an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, users can install the necessary files through Cydia, then view ordinary Flash files in Safari.

At the moment, Frash remains in pre-alpha stages and will only play simple animations – so no streaming Hulu episodes of Modern Family on the train just yet (the site has a ban on mobile devices, anyway).

Apple infamously snubbed Flash on both the iPad and iPhone 4, with Steve Jobs claiming that it would diminish battery life, cause crashes, run slowly, and perpetuate a closed standard. Meanwhile, Adobe has released a version of Flash that will run on most modern Android devices – though some of Jobs’ predictions have manifested as forewarned.

Frash became available for the iPad over a month ago, but the newest release is the first to support any Apple device running iOS 4.

Check out Redmond Pie for step-by-step install directions, and the video below for a demo.

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