Adobe Blames Apple For Lack Of Flash On iPhone

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News Posted: Tue, Nov 3 2009 7:08 PM
Adobe has tried a number of things in its attempt to get Apple to break down enough barriers so the company can get Flash ported on to the iPhone and so far, nothing has worked. In Adobe's latest attempt, the company is spelling it out to you, the user, as to why you can't get Flash on your favorite handset.

Previously, when you visited the Flash plug-in download page from the iPhone, you would see a message that informed you no version was available for the platform you were using. Now, the page reads:
Apple restricts use of technologies required by products like Flash Player. Until Apple eliminates these restrictions, Adobe cannot provide Flash Player for the iPhone or iPod touch.
Adobe is likely trying to get users fired up about Apple's policies in hopes they will push Apple into making changes. Whether or not Apple will listen and respond to fired-up customers is another story.

Last month, Adobe did announce that the forthcoming Flash CS5 Professional would allow developers to write applications in Flash that can be compiled to run on the iPhone. Whether Apple will respond to this is anyone's guess, though there's always the chance Apple is assuming users will be less than impressed by the offerings from Flash programmers.


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3vi1 replied on Wed, Nov 4 2009 8:01 PM

Apple restricts all kinds of VM type apps, because they want sole control over what you can do with the phone. Once you have access to flash, they can basically forget about a large percentage of profits from their app store, because people will make advertiser supported iPhone-targeted flash pages that make buying the apps unnecessary.

In short: the app store is Apple's way of selling you the really interactive portions of the internet, one page at a time. I personally wouldn't own an iPhone unless it was jailbroken.

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Yep, blame Apple. That's easier than plugging all the security holes in the various Flash players. Personally I can do without it on a regular basis,


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3vi1 replied on Thu, Nov 5 2009 4:07 PM

Flash now works fine in Linux, but for many years it was a PITA for 64-bit users. Luckily, there wasn't much reason to _need_ it back then, unless you wanted to blend frogs.

Nowadays, with Flash videos being everywhere, a platform without some flash player is somewhat debilitated.

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