Sunday, April 25, 2010

Adobe Flash - Android 1 - iPhone 0

It appears that after a recent more draconian clause in the Apple iPhone developer program license which stated :
'3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).'
The clause basically informs iPhone and iPad developers that they cannot use a code creator such as Adobe Creative Suite 5. Which at the very time that Adobe were working on shipping Flash CS5 for which would work on iPhones allowing them at last to play back flash.
This appears to have finally driven Adobe away from Apple as Mike Chambers stated on his blog on 20th April
'Personally, I am going to shift all of my mobile focus from iPhone to Android based devices (I am particularly interested in the Android based tablets coming out this year) and not focus on the iPhone stuff as much anymore. This includes both Flash based, and Objective-C based iPhone development.'

'We are at the beginning of a significant change in the industry, and I believe that ultimately open platforms will win out over the type of closed, locked down platform that Apple is trying to create. I am excited about Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 and all of the opportunities that they will make available to Flash developers across multiple platforms (desktop, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7, RIM, etc…).'

Why oh why do Apple continue with their attitude of wanting to control the world and everything that runs on their devices.... Apples are the best in the world how much better could they be with some OpenSourcing???

Read Mike's blog and the BBC technology report


Anonymous said...

Hello a S'mae Mr Harrington, rydym ni'n cwmni bach yn caerdydd yn edrych am rywyn sy'n gallu creu appliactions am yr iphone, we're just looking for a developer, would be good if you know someone who could do it?

diolch a galon

Mr Harrington said...

S'mae anon - Indeed I do have a name for you, I believe that you will know the person concerned - James Forbes Keir. James may well be interested in creating his first iPhone app perhaps using HTML5??

Anonymous said...

thanks mr harrington, thats two people that have recommended Mr Forbes Keir, would be good to work with him again. Great blog by the way thanks everso

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