The golem.de guys had an interview with Adrian Ludwig, Flash Group Manager at Adobe Systems, and asked him what’s the benefit of the Flash platform compared to HTML5 and if Flash would ever come to the iPhone.
The answers are quite interesting.
After watching the video, I gotta say that Ludwig didn’t really have an answer to the question, what the benefit of Flash is (compared to HTML5). He mumbled something about “content-protection” (whatever he means by that), fast updating cycles (within 12 months?) and features which won’t be available even in newer versions of HTML (.. which would be?).
As much as I like to code using the Flex API, I think that the Flash Player has no future. It’s slow and has some serious security issues which makes it vulnerable for various exploits.
The only thing why Flash could be currently useful would be webcam support, but as far as I know, this feature has already been suggested for further versions of HTML.
So, at the moment I think that I’d more go for GWT instead of the Flash Builder to create Rich Internet Applications of any kind.
Update: Found the answer ;-)