Adobe Working To Bring Flash Player To IPhone - finally

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  1. Skeva31776 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2008
    Adobe Working To Bring Flash Player To IPhone >ADBE
    Last update: 3/18/2008 6:22:02 PM


    SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) has begun work to create a media player destined for Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone, Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen said Tuesday, thus adding a new wrinkle to a standoff between the two long-term partners.
    In comments widely reported last month, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said the company's iPhone hadn't adopted Adobe's mobile version of its Flash program because of technical and performance concerns. At the time, he suggested Adobe work on a new version of the player.
    On Tuesday, when asked about the issue during a conference call with investors, Narayen said the company had since obtained the software developer tools Apple released last month. The tools will let Adobe build a Flash player for the iPhone, then distribute it through Apple's iTunes online store, he said.
    "We believe Flash is synonymous with the Internet experience, and we are committed to bringing Flash to the iPhone," Narayen said. "We have evaluated (the software developer tools) and we think we can develop an iPhone Flash player ourselves."
    The tools Adobe is using are part of a broader effort by Apple to entice third-party developers to build and distribute iPhone software add-ons. An Apple spokeswoman didn't have an immediate comment.
    Adobe's first quarter results show its been doing fine without the iPhone. During its first quarter, a record-breaking 100 million new cell phone devices were distributed that had Flash on board. Also, Microsoft (MSFT), which sells a cell phone operating system, recently licensed Adobe's flash player for phones.
    -By Ben Charny, Dow Jones Newswires; 415-765-8230;
    (END) Dow Jones Newswires
    March 18, 2008 18:22 ET (22:22 GMT)
  2. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
    woo hoo! about time eh!

    but how ever it works, it'll drain the battery like a sieve!
  3. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    this would be really cool...don't see it happening till late-June(SDK time)
  4. hard-case macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2007
    Not that I like being the usually "glass is polluted" kinda guy I am, but I'll believe it when I see it. They announced about three YEARS ago that they were porting Flash for 64-bit native operation, and so far all they've got are a bunch of chirping birds and a chorus of crickets.....
  5. refulgentis macrumors regular

    May 14, 2006
    Adobe announces plans to develop Flash for iPhone
  6. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Maybe I'll start to believe this once the standard OS X platform gets a decent version of flash that doesn't destroy fans and batteries...
  7. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago

    That's really vague the way they put it. Sounds like it won't integrate with the browser, but is a standalone player.

    "Narayen stated that analysis by the company suggested a form of Flash could be developed without requiring special access to Apple's mobile Safari browser and that it would be an important launch regardless of how it arrives."

    EDIT: Never one to trust today's amazingly inventive reporters, I went and listened to the broadcast myself. I didn't hear him say anything about Safari or the iTunes store, but perhaps I missed it. Did anyone hear that?

    He did say they wanted to work with Apple to bring "the Flash experience" to the iPhone, and that the SDK would allow them to start development.

    Click the funny icon to the right of the Volume control. Then choose Section 20 - Q&A @ 7:45
  8. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    To quote John Gruber:


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