Is Gianduia Apple’s answer to Flash?

A lot of people have been scratching their heads over Apple’s decision to exclude Flash from the iPhone and iPad. Heck, even Adobe and Android fanboys have been going off on Apple in our comments. There’s been a lot of speculating about why the technology has been removed, and even with Steve Jobs’ open letter, people are scratching their heads.

Is it really about Flash being proprietary? Is it because Apple’s afraid Flash games will compete with the AppStore? Maybe it’s because Apple hates “open systems,” like Flash fans would have you believe.

Here’s one more reason to pick apart. Apple’s working on a Flash replacement, and it’s called Gianduia (a type of chocolate).  If you google the term alongside Apple, it will reveal some interesting ideas, most notably a post at TerminalApp which shares a snippet of information that most people have overlooked for the last year. Gianduia is a “stunning technological preview of a new framework the Apple guys are working on, with an amazing approach to handling Ajax and client-side programming in a logical and powerful way. This is the framework already being used internally by Apple on the One to One application (for those who don’t know, the One to One is a service provided by Apple in its stores, with the purpose of assisting users with their computer usage).”

Could this whole fight regarding Flash be happening because Apple’s got a new framework coming, one that’s based on open standards (HTML and AJAX)? Apple’s excellent at keeping their cards close to their chest until they’re ready to reveal something to the world, and this could very well be a case in point.

Every time people lambast Apple for their closed system, I’m reminded that they released Webkit to the community in 2005, and I’m also reminded of Apple’s contributions to the SproutCore project. Maybe Apple’s not as closed as everyone says they are.

Article Via CNET

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