Apple iPad Commercial Strips Flash-Bits From NYTimes Website

Remember how Apple liberally displayed Flash on the New York Times website in their initial promo video for the iPad? Cupertino was forced to modify the video after it came to light that the promo video gave the false impression that the iPad supported Flash when it actually didn’t.

Now, the device is launching next month and Apple just aired their first iPad commercial. And I was intently looking for the bit on NYTimes to see if Apple plays it fair this time. Oh well, they did. Quite.

The iPad commercial shows the homepage of NYTimes.com as well as one interior page.  Both these pages have Flash content on them. On the NYTimes homepage, you have a Video section below the main fold which displays Flash content.

New York Times Home page

To be fair, the ad shows a blank space here; though it is not made very obvious on the screen.

New York Times Homepage ad

However, things are interesting on the second page where there is a prominent Flash based leaderboard ad on the website (click to enlarge)

iPad Commercial Flash portion missing

See the ad? Now check out the commercial

iPad Commercial Without Flash

Obviously, Apple has learnt from its past mistakes!

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