Adobe actively developing a Flash Player iPhone

Adobe actively developing a Flash Player iPhone

Summary: Flash Magazine reports Adobe Systems' Senior Director of Engineering Paul Betlem confirmed that Adobe is developing a Flash Player for the iPhone at the Flash On The Beach (FOTB) conference in Brighton, UK. The only problem is that Apple controls which apps get approved for distribution in the App Store and Flash, unfortunately, isn't going to be one of them.

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Adobe actively developing a Flash Player iPhoneFlash Magazine reports Adobe Systems' Senior Director of Engineering Paul Betlem confirmed that Adobe is developing a Flash Player for the iPhone at the Flash On The Beach (FOTB) conference in Brighton, UK. The only problem is that Apple controls which apps get approved for distribution in the App Store and Flash, unfortunately, isn't going to be one of them.

Jon Gruber said it best:

If there were a Flash player for the iPhone, you could write games and other software in Flash rather than in Cocoa Touch. And you could sell games and apps directly for the Flash player, completely circumventing the App Store. Does this sound like something Apple would allow?

If Apple won't allow apps like Podcaster and Mailwrangler (let alone a competing Web browser) what are the odds that Apple would allow flash? Unfortunately, it just isn't going to happen folks.

The question is: does Adobe go rogue and release the code for Cydia/jailbroken iPhones. I doubt that too, but one can dream...

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Enterprise Software

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  • Considering..

    We havent seen a version of 64-bit flash...dont hold your breath on Flash for iPhone.
    JT82
  • in related news

    [i]If Apple won???t allow apps like Podcaster and Mailwrangler (let alone a competing Web browser) what are the odds that Apple would allow flash? Unfortunately, it just isn???t going to happen folks.[/i]
    (love copy and paste on the smartphone)

    I read a news article a while ago but the reaction was quite different.

    [i]If Microsoft won???t allow apps like Netscape and WordPerfect (let alone a competing OS like DR DOS) what are the odds that Microsoft would allow flash (which competes with Silverlight)? Unfortunately, it just isn???t going to happen folks.[/i]
    NonZealot
  • RE: Adobe actively developing a Flash Player iPhone

    i think it might be a good idea but would be creating more tech problems towards the iphone. it would probably work slower and freez up
    carkid
  • That's QuickTime's backyard

    Poor Adobe can forget about getting Flash in there.
    LBiege
  • Is the iPhone written in Flash?

    I think that the iPhone program is interactive Flash.
    BALTHOR
    • iPhone is not written in Flash

      While you could make a web UI that looks a lot like the iPhone in Flash, there is no Flash software running on a typical iPhone.

      kb
      kevinbutler
  • Not anytime soon...

    The problem with Flash (and Java) on the iPhone is not technical. The problem is that it lets users run applications that have not been approved by Apple. This destroys Apple's control of their platform, and damages their monopoly power over app distribution. It won't happen with current versions of Flash or Java, but there are changes that Adobe/Sun can make to make their platforms more acceptable to Apple - mostly by preventing execution of third-party code.
    kevinbutler
  • RE: Adobe actively developing a Flash Player iPhone

    Am I the only one who recognizes this as a mistake so serious, it could make the iphone a non-phone within three (3) years?

    Flash is proprietary but the Flash player is the only one that works. Microsoft and Apple players are very problematic, unreliable and sometimes impossible to embed.

    So I think that Apple is killing the iphone by not allowing Flash. I think they are destroying their brand, the same way Microsoft has with Vista and the anti-Open Source projects. I think this is a product of arrogance -- not innovation. How could anybody NOT know the importance of Flash? Well, come to think of it, Macromedia was guilty of the same crime.
    author20@...