FAQ: What we now know about the iPad

It's out, it has a name, and we have lots of details about Apple's tablet

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Does the iPad support Flash? Nope.

During Wednesday's rollout, Jobs was browsing on the iPad, and a page came up with a large open space that clearly was where Flash video was to play. The audience twittered, then broke into open laughter.

It's no surprise that the iPad doesn't support Adobe's Flash, since it's running a tweaked iPhone OS -- 3.2, specifically -- and the iPhone notably omits Flash.

Most have put down Apple's Flash-less philosophy to some grudge Jobs holds, although the CEO has claimed that Flash is a processor and battery hog and thus unsuitable for a mobile device.

Brad Arkin, Adobe's director for product security and privacy, dismissed those arguments today. In a tweet, Arkin said: "Upcoming flash player 10.1 will be on 19 of the top 20 smart phones. Handset proc[essor] and mobile network are not issues."

Adrian Ludwig, who works on the Flash team, was more blunt. "It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers," said Ludwig in an entry on Adobe's Flash platform blog. "Without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of Web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the Web."

Where's the camera? That's what lots of people want to know.

The iPad, which earlier in the week was rumored to have as many as two cameras -- one facing the user, the other mounted on the back facing away from the user -- lacks a camera.

For many, that's a deal-breaker. "If there is a build-in-front-camera when they start selling ... it would be THE revolutionary, killer video-chat-device and MY MUST-HAVE reason," said an unidentified commenter on a 9to5Mac blog that asked readers to vote on whether they would buy an iPad.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, send e-mail to gkeizer@ix.netcom.com or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed .

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