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My dad, mom, grandma, and grandpa can watch videos

Oh, but they can't because those are on YouTube and it doesn't do Flash. Simple doesn't have to mean purposely disabled to make more money.

This would be a valid concern if it were true. If:

1. Youtube DIDN'T have an HTML5 video mode (both non-web and web).


2. Apple were somehow asking people to pay for Flash support and profiting from that.

Since neither is true, your concern here seems unsupported.

There is an app for watching YouTube videos. In my opinion the app is even better than the YouTube website itself with its ads and trashy comments.

My iPhone can watch YouTube videos and it doesn't have flash.

It doesn't need Flash to play h.264 video. There is, as they say, an app for that (just like the iPhone + iPod Touch)

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