Adobe Gives Up On Flash For Apple iPhone

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After months of Apple rejecting Apps from established developers the company has put the last nail in Flashes coffin. For Apple products including iPhone anyway.

Recently Apple made changes to iPhone developer program license that restricts what developers can do. A blog post from Mike Chambers can explain whats going on with this. On Adobe, Flash CS5 and iPhone Applications.
" 3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

Essentially, this has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5. While it appears that Apple may selectively enforce the terms, it is our belief that Apple will enforce those terms as they apply to content created with Flash CS5. Developers should be prepared for Apple to remove existing content and applications (100+ on the store today) created with Flash CS5 from the iTunes store."

Abobe has said that they can not put any more time into Flash for iPhone and will concentrate on Android OS and other platforms. Totally understandable seeing it would be impossible to right a business plan that includes a company that won't commit to supporting you.

Situations like this is what drove developers and cell phone geeks like us to Android. Steve Jobs and Apple have locked down the iPod, iPhone and now the iPad. They don't let you move content such as music off their devices and constantly put up roadblocks meant to collect money from users.

Every business owner has the right to run things anyway they want. Decisions need to be made in publicly run companies to make stock holders money. This we understand, but being the bully on the block isnt the way to do it in our opinion.

Adobe should be able to put more resources into getting Flash 10.1 to the rest of us now. Though they will still ship. "We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5. However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature."

"Fortunately, the iPhone isn’t the only game in town. Android based phones have been doing well behind the success of the Motorola Droid and Nexus One, and there are a number of Android based tablets slated to be released this year. We are working closely with Google to bring both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 to these devices, and thus far, the results have been very promising." Source

Not much more we can say. This is par for the course when it comes to Apple. Fortunately this development is good for Droid Phone Owners as we may see Flash get the attention it needs.

Watch Flash 10.1 On Motorola Droid demo from back in January. After we posted the video demo we got very excited and thought we would be using it by now. Funny how the world changes so fast.

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