iPhone developer rules rewritten to block Adobe tools
The Wall Street Journal reports Adobe is aware of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement update and is presently looking into the situation, adding the company will proceed with Flash Professional CS5 as planned. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
The license update is the latest chapter in the ongoing skirmish between Apple and Adobe, which dates back at least as far as March 2008, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs contended the iPhone requires a media player more robust than the existing Flash mobile solution. That's almost complimentary compared to what Jobs reportedly had to say about Flash during a town hall meeting with Apple employees soon after the announcement of the iPad tablet device, which also does not support Flash--citing a source in attendance, Wired reported that Jobs dismissed Adobe as "lazy" and added that Apple doesn't support Flash because it's so buggy. Jobs went on to blame Flash as the culprit behind most Mac crashes, and said that the platform is facing extinction as the world moves to HTML5. Asked during Thursday's media event whether Flash will come to the iPhone anytime soon, Jobs succinctly replied "Uh, no."
For more on the iPhone developer license update:
- read this Wall Street Journal article