If you want to view Flash-based websites, play Flash games or watch Flash videos on your, you'll come across a bit of a problem: the iPad doesn't support Flash. However, that doesn't mean you can't get Flash on your iPad at all. There are various apps available to download from the iOS App Store for iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini 2 that will help.
Best Flash apps for iPad
Popular browser apps that will enable you to play Flash videos and games on your iPad include Photon Browser, Puffin, Skyfire Browser and iSwifter Browser.
Photon Browser seems to be the most popular choice for iPad users that require Flash support. It's a £2.99 app that acts as a good alternative browser to Safari, and also has a Flash mode that you turn on by tapping the lightning bolt icon in the top right corner.
Above: Moshi Monsters works well in the Photon Browser app. Below: Moshi Monsters doesn't work at all in Safari on iPad, instead showing a message that reads: "The Moshi Monsters are coming to your mobile soon."
We managed to visit the Moshi Monsters, Disney Fantasyland and Flash Driving Game websites with no problems. It can be a bit slow, but you can play about with the settings to improve the speed and the resolution of the websites you're visiting.
Puffin - which has a a free trial version if you want to test it out before paying the £1.99 for the full version - displayed the Moshi Monsters (below) and Flash Driving Game websites brilliantly, but failed to load the Flash version of the Disney Fantasyland site when we tried it on several occasions. But having the option to try it out first is a real plus here, because you can then decide whether it meets your needs.
Skyfire (£2.99) is ideal for watching Flash videos, but does not support Flash apps, games or website animations, so doesn't provide an all-round Flash solution.
iSwifter is designed for Flash games, and is free for 10 minutes per day for seven days. After that, you'll have to cough up £5.49 for the privilege. You'll need to be connected to WiFi to use iSwifter, as it doesn't work with 3G or 4G connections.
Above: Moshi Monsters in the iSwifter browser app for iPad
Why doesn't the iPad support Flash?
Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs famously bashed Flash for mobile, and refused to allow the technology on the iOS platform. Instead, Jobs fought for the alternative HTML5 standard, which is beginning to replace Flash around the web.
In August 2012, Adobe disabled new installs of Flash via the Google Play Store, marking the end of Adobe Flash on Android devices too.