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Can’t Apple and Adobe Just Get Along?

Posted by Ross | June 27, 2008 .

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that it looks like all of those rumors of of Flash for the iPhone are wrong:

Adobe Systems Inc. felt the sting of the iPhone in March when Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs dismissed a cellphone version of Adobe’s flash media player as not fit for the iPhone.

Ever since, an iPhone-based Adobe flash player has been in the works. While “pleased with the internal progress,” Adobe Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen said recently that the programming only works on a computer-simulated version of the iPhone, not the phone itself.

Even if Adobe manages to finish the job, Apple is already putting up some roadblocks. At a recent developer conference in San Francisco, Apple was said to be lobbying developers to use tools like freely available SproutCore, which Apple used to build a new service for the iPhone called MobileMe, instead of proprietary software from the likes of Adobe.

 This comes as no surprise, jobs announcement that a Flash plug-in was not powerful enough for the iPhone came on March 5th. However, Adobe spent considerable resources trying to tap into the iPhone market. Just a few weeks ago Adobe announced that they had a version of Flash running on an iPhone emulator, however it was not running in the Mac Os on an iPhone.

According to Crunch Gear, Apple may be forced to release a stand alone version of Flash for the new App Store that was supposed to open today. It would be much easier for the users if Apple would allow a plug-in for Safari but so far Apple and Adobe are not playing well together.

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  1. jbelkin  June 30, 2008 8:13 pm

    This explains why you won’t see Flash on an iPhone* and why Apple hates Adobe.

    * Well, when Steve Jobs retires, maybe we’ll see Flash …

    http://2aday.wordpress.com/2007/07/09/iphone-flash-rip/

  2. Darren  June 30, 2008 10:08 pm

    Only Jobs/Apple could say with a striaght face that the “Flash plug-in was not powerful enough for the iPhone”. Maybe – just maybe – the iPhone is not powerful enough for Flash 😉

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