Adobe 'to sue Apple' over Flash row
Adobe will file a lawsuit against Apple, according to reports, as the row over Flash support deepens
Published 14/04/2010 | 11:12
Adobe is allegedly set to sue Apple over changes in its iPhone software development kit, as the row over the lack of Flash support on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad escalates.
Technology website IT World quotes sources close to Adobe as saying that they will be filing a lawsuit against Apple "within a few weeks".
The software company is incensed at recent changes to the iPhone software development kit, which have banned the use of cross-compilers to build applications for the platform.
The Packager for iPhone OS tool was a centrepiece of Adobe's new CS5 suite of products, but has effectively been rendered obsolete by the SDK changes.
It is thought that Adobe might sue Apple for "restraint of trade", which is a key tenet of US contract law.
Both Apple and Adobe have refused to comment on the rumours, but there are signs of growing hostility between the two companies.
Adobe is concerned that Apple's refusal to support Flash technology on its range of multimedia devices could damage its business, while Apple says it is backing rival standard HTML5 because Flash is "too buggy".
It means that companies will no longer be able to build iPhone and iPad apps on Adobe Air or Microsoft Silverlight, and must instead code in Apple's preferred languages.
Experts believe it's one way for Apple to ensure that developers write software first for its highly popular iPhone platform before deciding whether or not to rewrite the code for rival operating systems, such as Google Android.