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Adobe Flash on Apple iPhone At Last?

Posted by Sravan | February 4, 2009 .

Someone once wrote that Apple has said ‘no’ more times than a virtuous teen. Be it banning iPhone apps for non-reasons or disallowing Flash to get its foot in, Apple didn’t seem to think twice.

Half a year ago, Apple began collaborating with Adobe on a different project and it seems to be going ahead alright. I wonder whether the vibes from the collaboration rubbed off with the exploding demand for Flash on iPhone. A few days ago, Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen, in an interview with Bloomberg News, said that Apple and Adobe are collaborating in creating a version of Flash video software for the iPhone.

In an extremely convoluted interpretation that I thought only Dr. Gregory House is capable of making, Ian Paul of PC World read a statement in the Bloomberg interview – “It’s a hard technical challenge, and that’s part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating,” – as confirmation that Flash on iPhone hopes dashed.

Never mind. That the two tech giants are working together is itself the most positive sign. There are smart people on both sides and they must be able to figure out a way, with or without struggle. In what is now a clichéd way of describing it, Flash is ubiquitous on PCs and most of the handsets already. The few several million iPhones are Adobe’s final frontier. So all you Flash developers out there, don’t fret too much about learning iPhone-specific tweaks to bring Flash capabilities to iPhones or to design web apps that are mobile-compatible.

A colleague shared a hilarious story near the water cooler today. It ended with, “And the two lived happily every after separately.” I hope the iPhone-Flash story has a more cheerful ending.

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  1. Casey Deshotels  February 14, 2009 10:34 pm

    Good god. We’ve been waiting for this forever.

    Is am still pissed at the Apple commercials claiming “this isn’t the watered-down internet”. There are many major company sites I can’t even visit because of this.

    Can we get some integration?

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