In ur SDK: Adobe Flash'ing iPhone?


GearLive reported Flash for the iPhone was immanent. Adobe retorted that it was all up to Steve Jobs. His Steveness resorted to telling investors that Flash desktop was too big, Flash Lite was too small, and they were missing a product that was juuuusssst right.

Well, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen hopes Apple's newly released SDK will help Adobe deliver that middle ground, with or without Jobs' blessing. Speaking to investors, Narayen said (via Apple Insider):

"We believe Flash is synonymous with the Internet experience, and we are committed to bringing Flash to the iPhone. We have evaluated (the software developer tools) and we think we can develop an iPhone Flash player ourselves."

Hopefully without those peskyprivacy and security problems, b'okay?

Given the restrictions imposed on 3rd party apps, unless Apple gives Adobe "special dispensation" it seems unlikely that even Adobe could get Flash working in an unplugged-in, sandbox environment, but we'll see.

Eerily similar to Sun's Java announcement immediately following the iPhone SDK launch, all that remains now (in terms of rival interactive development platforms) is Microsoft's Silverlight. Balmer, get your dance shoes!

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Rene Ritchie

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In ur SDK: Adobe Flash'ing iPhone?


What would be funny is if large companies start supporting jail-broken iPhones. All the good things like full Youtube access, proper IM clients, DUN, alternate video codecs etc will be there. It would be like the situation with the PSP, another notoriously closed system that suffers from a huge piracy problem due to the skill of a few geeks brought to the masses by easy to use tools.
If 1/3 of phones are unlocked the population may not be as docile as Jobs expects.

That's a good point. Eventually I think people will fall into two groups. Apple lambs who want safe little Jobs approved gardens to play in, and Freetards who expert-level hack everything they can while doing their best to avoid the malware that may follow*.
(* I'm thinking iPhone homebrew will be a much bigger target for malware than PSP ever was).

Interesting Tweet:
M$ is betting on Silverlight, Adobe is betting on Flash and Apple is betting on WebKit+the Web. Guess who wins?
Thats pretty stupid. Since webkit is supposedly standards compliant, where's the competitive advantage?
Richer clients means a better experience.