A couple of days ago the much anticipated Skyfire Web Browser was released for iPhone and iPod touch. Skyfire costs $2.99 and its major claim to fame is the ability to playback Flash videos by converting them to an iPhone-ready format on the backend.
But, interestingly Skyfire isn’t going to be released to everyone all at once. Instead, the company will be releasing the app in batches in order to keep up with demand on their servers.
From the company weblog:
Due to overwhelming demand, we are taking this approach because Skyfire believes a good user experience should come first, and we would rather have fewer, happier customers, and add new users as we can support them. We will open the first batches to US users only, with additional country support to follow shortly.
I haven’t tried Skyfire yet and probably never will. I don’t have any interest in watching Flash videos on my iPhone regardless of how they’re delivered. But, I guess I can see how some iPhone owners would be interested in that. My stance on Flash has shifted from “I would rather not use it” to “I don’t ever want to use it” rather quickly. I’ve even followed John Gruber’s lead and uninstalled Flash from my primary computer. Flash was a great technology several years ago but at this point it needs to be put on the shelf next to Zip drives and serial ports.