Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Adobe Developed IPhone Tool Without Apple's Help by PC World: Yahoo! Tech

This seems vaguely familiar – sort of like what Palm was saying about their iTunes hack, just before Apple shut that down (the first time...).  Because of the details outlined in the 3rd paragraph below, however, I don’t think Apple will be able to kill the Adobe Flash-to-native-iPhone-app work-around.  Since there is now a new channel for people seeking to “monetize” Flash apps, and since Apple will profit (taking 30% of the revenue for each app sold) from being the channel, perhaps there will finally be harmony in the iPhone world for Flash developers.  Assuming the transcoding trick works, of course…

"We believe these apps are good for Apple and good for the iPhone," Adrian Ludwig, a product marketing manager with Adobe's Flash Platform group, told reporters on Monday. "We have no reason to believe that Apple won't love this."

The fact that Adobe doesn't know the answer to that question already suggests there is some tension between the companies, and that a Flash Player for the iPhone will probably not be appearing imminently.

Asked if Adobe worked with Apple to create the new tools, Ludwig said they are "entirely based on technologies that any other developer would have access to."

Adobe Developed IPhone Tool Without Apple's Help by PC World: Yahoo! Tech

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