updated 01:15 am EDT, Sun May 2, 2010
Adobe may use native code to clear Wired app
Adobe is rewriting the Wired app for the iPad itself to make sure it can get into the App Store, a leak this weekend may have revealed. Although Conde Nast previously insisted it would keep using Flash to develop the magazine reader in spite of Apple's new ban on cross-compiling tools, AllThingsD now understands Adobe is simply coding the app directly in Objective C. The rework would also have the side benefit of helping other magazines with their own apps.
Neither Adobe nor Conde Nast has commented so far on the rumor.
The publisher had originally counted on using Flash to enable a write once, publish everywhere app for tablets and similar devices, as it would have let a magazine quickly release new digital issues with only slight modification at most. Apple has explicitly discouraged outside tools partly for this reason, as they produce "lowest common denominator" apps that don't take advantage of iPad and iPhone features. Concern also exists that developers could become overly dependent on outside tools that could lock them out if new OS revisions render them obsolete.
It's presumed that Android and other platforms will still use Flash.