iPhone Flash in early development

MacNN | Adobe: iPhone Flash in early development
49E34ECA-932F-4F3C-834E-42575D92639E.jpgAn iPhone version of Adobe’s ubiquitous Flash plug-in is still early into development, the company has admitted. In an earnings call for Adobe’s second financial quarter, CEO Shantanu Narayen has responded to questions on if and when Flash will be ready for the iPhone 3G, which itself is only expected to ship on July 11th.

Apple has long blocked the normal desktop version of Flash from the iPhone, insisting that it consumes too much battery power.
“With respect to the iPhone, we are working on it,” says Narayen. “We have a version that’s working on the [SDK] emulation. This is still on the computer and you know, we have to continue to move it from a test environment onto the device and continue to make it work. So we are pleased with the internal progress that we’ve made to date.”

Apple has meanwhile begun parallel development with SproutCore, a JavaScript framework that my provide functionality similar to Flash. The latter standard is still likely to be needed however, as it is used on many popular media-heavy websites.

(Via macnn)

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One response to “iPhone Flash in early development

  1. What I find interesting is what Apple’s thoughts are on the SproutCore plans. You have to wonder if they are taking what appears to be the Microsoft line with SilverLight and some how assume that the 96%+ install base of Flash users will be happy to install(if needed) another plugin and developers will embrace it.

    Like it or hate it SWF has the market, and just like the iPod, competition rarely beats the market share once it takes a hold unless something drastic takes place.

    I have heard the reasons Apple gave for not having Flash on the iPhone, I just don’t believe them for the most part.

    Apple is all about you using their stuff and paying for it, even if they have to invent something to replace a perfectly usable and proven platform.

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