Adobe: CS5 Will Be First – And Last! – Flash Version With iPhone App Builder

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The staring contest between Apple and Adobe over whether iDevice apps built in Flash would ever be accepted in the App Store has ended:

Adobe blinked.

Mike Chambers of Adobe posted on his blog "We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5. However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature."

Adobe has been fuming ever since the debut of iPhone OS 4.0, whose developer program license included a clause that put coders on notice: "[apps] that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited."  Chambers also points out that Flash's cross-browser/platform/device philosophy runs directly counter to Apple's "walled garden" approach, and points to the productive partnership Flash and Android are in: "Fortunately, the iPhone isn‚Äôt the only game in town."

This also means that the rumored Adobe lawsuit against Apple is pretty much a dead issue.  (As is the mental picture of Judge Judy and Steve Jobs verbally sniping each other…)

[Via The Loop]

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