Chris Anderson, curator of TED Conferences, has just announced on twitter that the TED website has been upgraded to a non-flash version (based on HTML5) that allows you to watch the famous TED Talks on your Apple iPhone (and also in the upcoming iPad). A smart move as the iPad will be hitting the streets in less than one week and it does not support Adobe’s flash web-technology.
Edit: as noted by Nuthinking in the comments (thanks!), TED has not abbandoned the flash-version of the website but created a non-flash version that runs parallel to the other and is the one you are automatically redirected to when accessing with an iPhone (or iPad in the near future).
This is particularly relevant because as iPhones and iPad become ubiquitous, so does the consumption of online content in them and TED has great content to share. Note that I specifically refer to Apple’s products, though they are not the only ones that will benefit from this move. During South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) I noticed that from the population carrying a smartphone, 9 out of 10 had iPhones (sorry, no official statistics) and the iPad pre-sale has presumably sold 500,000 units so far, even before being available at shops!
Edit: it has been just announced on the TED Blog that “TED.com now available in HTML5, serving many mobile platforms, including iPhone, iPad“.