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Adobe website blames Apple for blocking Flash on iPhone

updated 07:55 pm EDT, Mon October 5, 2009

Apple restricts necessary technology for Flash

Adobe's mobile website contains new information that directly blames Apple for preventing the company's Flash Player from being allowed onto the iPhone platform. Visitors attempting to install Flash Player on their iPhone are reminded that the project has stagnated due to Apple's rules.

"Apple restricts use of technologies required by products like Flash Player," the site reads. "Until Apple eliminates these restrictions, Adobe cannot provide Flash Player for the iPhone or iPod touch."

The company early in the year announced that over 1 billion smartphones were equipped with the Flash Lite multimedia player. An iPhone-compatible version was being created at the time, although some analysts expected trouble with Apple. Speculation suggests the software would need to utilize layers of the OS that are restricted by Apple, while others believe the issue is primarily related to excess battery drain.

It is unclear if Adobe has put iPhone Flash development on hold, awaiting a change in Apple's policy, or if it is quietly attempting to work around the restrictions. The company is still trying to woo developers, as the upcoming Flash Authoring software will enable creation of iPhone apps. The technology does not use embedded Flash, however, and apps are instead converted to an iPhone-compatible format.

[image courtesy of timheuer]

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shared Blame

    Maybe Adobe should share some of the blame, for allowing their runtime on the Mac, as well as Linux and mobile platforms to remain such a bloated, buggy mess. Apple is 100% right not to trust Adobe to maintain a proper development and runtime environment on the iPhone OS X platform. Adobe has clearly demonstrated their own incompetence in maintaining an IDE. If only other platforms could grow the balls to ban Flash from their platforms, maybe we could see a brighter future for the web, free of crashy, bloated and especially proprietary browser plugins. Now, Apple just needs to unbundle Flash from Safari proper and banish it to h*** (or Windows), where it belongs.

  1. DanielSw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blame, schmame

    Ignorance loves company, as evidenced by all the dung being flung at the "evil" Adobe and Apple. It also conveniently ignores the very positive event of a Flash CS5 export to native iPhone app format.

    Lots of Flash developers out there probably wouldn't mind it all to have this new way to re-purpose their programming work and skills.

    This is also real evidence that Apple and Adobe are, as they've always been, working together to provide both of their respective customers quality, relevant, professional tools.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "This is also real evidence that Apple and Adobe are, as they've always been, working together to provide both of their respective customers quality, relevant, professional tools."
    You are quite amusing, stating that in reference to Adobe, which has long since stopped caring about their customers, or in providing quality, relevant tools.

    Kudos to Apple for blocking Flash on iPhone; s**** Adobe for whining about it -- even if they suddenly got their act together, that train has left the station, and its now too late. Before long Apple will be providing a better alternative environment to Flash -- just as they are doing to same w/regards to Entourage with Exchange integration on Snow Leopard.

    s**** Adobe!

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash on an iPhone....

    Yea, all most no thanks, some use for it that i'd like to see it happen, but mainly no thanks. Too many flash heavy sites make my iBook lag, i've no idea what it would do to my lil iFone.

    - A

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gosh, Adobe...

    Is it anything like the delay on getting Intel apps out because you were the only company (OK - the only one not operating out of a basement) that failed to heed years of warning to use Xcode and couldn't flip the PPC/Intel switch like the rest of the world?

  1. nicolasd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wake up adobe.

    no one wants bloated, crappy flash on their iphone. i can barely stand it on my dual core, top of the line laptop.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hog Calling

    Adobe needs to understand that Flash is a slow, bloated, inefficient Resource Hog. PERIOD.

    It's also a bit of poetic justice.
    Adobe made it's bread, bed and reputation on the Mac. Adobe slowly made the Mac a second class citizen delaying Mac versions and NOT releasing feature-equivalent Mac software.

    Now the tables are turned and Adobe wants a seat at the iPhone table.

    Too bad, back stabbing b*******! Their programmers got fat and lazy working on Windows bloatware. Clean up and optimize your Flash code and maybe... just MAYBE ...
    Apple will let you play on the iPhone.

    I ain't holding my breath...

  1. Tofino

    Joined: Dec 1969



    keep flash of the iphone until it's fixed on the mac. if you can't deliver performance with efficiency on the desktop osx, what makes you think you can pull it off on the iphone? or any os other than windows for that matter?

    adobe has abandoned mac users years ago. considering what apple did with final cut (the only piece of macromedia adobe didn't get their grubby hands on) it is shameful what bloat has come out of adobe for ages. they treat the mac as a third class citizen and with their 'windows first & better' development policy have repeatedly shown their contempt for the very people that made them who they are.

    apple should not just keep flash of the iphone, they should buy adobe and go on a software culling spree. i tried counting the total number of products adobe shows in their 'all products' pop up menu, but lost count after 70. that sounds like a cry for some jobsean sense of minimalism to me.

    how many more high end mac pros would be sold if development of windows versions would fall as far behind as their mac counterparts are now?

    i keep hearing that adobe would have to rewrite their apps in cocoa anyway. we waited for a cocoa finder for years. we can wait a couple more for 'apple photoshop' as part of the CSX suite. kill flash as a video delivery tool - if youtube can go h.264, so can you. roll the animation tools into quicktime and be done with it.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let Adobe prove it works

    Its easy enough to make a dev preview and distribute it to reviewers, show us it can work. Until then they better shut up and improve the Mac version.

    The Mac version was always behind in performance and updates, no wonder Apple won't put the future of the iPhone in there hands. Adobe would effectively have control over the iPhone performance and security, no thanks.

  1. poolmouse

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Adobe dev team incredibly incompetent

    Ever wonder where that /Users/Shared/Library/Application Support/Adobe/ came from?

    Ever wonder why Adobe continues to "not get it" when it comes to proper software distribution and pkg installer guidelines.

    Don't wonder why Apple is blocking Adobe Flash. If I were Apple, I'd do the same.

    Get your act together your dev team, hire fresh talent who are knowledgeable about (and adhere to) Apple guidelines.

    Don Montalvo, TX

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