Apple’s Stand On Flash Could Hurt Adobe Financially; Evangelist Lashes Out At Apple
Apple updated its iPhone OS SDK Agreement with iPhone OS 4.0 to ban applications built with cross-compiler programs.
As we had noted, this has come as a huge blow to Adobe ahead of the launch of its new Flash Professional CS5 suite. The launch, scheduled for April 12, was noted to provide app developers an easy way to port their Flash applications to the iPhone platform.
Evidently the development team at Adobe who had spent several months building the Flash-to-iPhone compiler for CS5 are not amused by the news.
In a recent post on the semi-official TheFlashBlog, Lee Brimelow, a platform evangelist for Adobe has lashed out at Apple calling the timing of the announcement deliberate. Terming Apple's decision a "slap in the face to developers", Brimelow writes:
"What is clear is that Apple has timed this purposely to hurt sales of CS5.
[...]This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe.
[...]Now let me put aside my role as an official representative of Adobe for a moment as I would look to make it clear what is going through my mind at the moment. Go screw yourself Apple."
We had noted in our article yesterday that Apple might have changed its iPhone OS SDK Agreement to prevent third party developers from hijacking iPhone's native framework.
Though Apple's decision may not have been solely targeted at Adobe, the tussle between Adobe and Apple may still have long term ramifications on the financials of the San Jose based company. In a candid admission of the same, Adobe has noted in a recent SEC filing that:
"Additionally, to the extent new releases of operating systems or other third-party products, platforms or devices, such as the Apple iPhone or iPad, make it more difficult for our products to perform, and our customers are persuaded to use alternative technologies, our business could be harmed."
Apple hasn't commented on the reason for their decision to ban apps built using cross-compiler programs. But whatever be the reason, it couldn't have come at a worse time for Adobe. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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