Adobe admits defeat in Apple row
Adobe said it will 'no longer be investing' in technology designed to bring Flash-based applications to the iPhone.
The comments were made by Mike Chambers, a senior product manager for developer relations at Adobe, on his personal blog, in response to recent licensing changes that means Apple will no longer allow applications written on compilers to be sold through the App Store.
He said that although the Packager for iPhone OS technology would remain a key component of Adobe's Creative Suite 5, the company would not be looking to develop the tool further in future.
"We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5," he wrote. "However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature."
Chambers said the Packager had complied with Apple's licensing terms "during the entire development cycle", but warned that developers should be prepared for Apple to "eject or restrict" their development "at anytime, and for seemingly any reason".
"[The change to the Apple developer license] has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5," he wrote.
"While it appears that Apple may selectively enforce the terms, it is our belief that Apple will enforce those terms as they apply to content created with Flash CS5."
"Developers should be prepared for Apple to remove existing content and applications created with Flash CS5 from the iTunes store."
Chambers' comments will stoke the increasingly bitter row between Adobe and Apple over the lack of support for Flash technology in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, has called the platform "buggy", and is backing rival standard HTML5, while Adobe is said to be privately furious over Apple's decision to change its licensing rules just hours before the Packager for iPhone shipped, and is rumoured to be considering legal action.
Chambers said that Adobe would be turning its attention to rival mobile operating systems, and that the iPhone wasn't "the only game in town".
"Android-based phones have been doing well behind the success of the Motorola Droid and Nexus One," he wrote. "We are working closely with Google to bring both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Air 2.0 to these devices. Thus far, the results have been very promising."
Chambers said that he believed open platforms would ultimately win out over "the type of closed, locked down platform that Apple is trying to create".
"I am excited about Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Air 2.0, and all of the opportunities that they will make available to Flash developers across multiple platforms," he concluded.