Adobe To Sue Apple Within Weeks?

Popular tech news website IT World has claimed that software maker Adobe is going to sue Apple Inc. 'within a few weeks' after the latter banned its developers from using Adobe software for developing applications for Apple's newly launched iPhone OS 4.0 SDK.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, IT World said that a lawsuit is being formulated by the owner of Flash and the PDF technology in order get back at Apple for mounting what seems to be an anti-Adobe agenda.

It all started when Apple banned Adobe Flash player platform from its popular iPhone smartphone and its recently launched iPad tablet device. Apple went a bit further when it banned every Adobe software from being used on the iPhone 4.0 OS, which will include Apple's iAd mobile ad platform.

In the iPhone OS 4.0 SDK developers agreement, Apple wrote that “Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly.”

This means that iPhone OS 4.0 will not support code which has been translated using any other tool other than Apple's.

The iPod maker launched the SDK along with the developers agreement just days before Adobe was to launch its new Flash CS5 developers tool, complete with iPad support.

Our Comments

Adobe is taking a massive risk by going after Apple, which is one of its key partners and supports a significant portion of its revenue stream. Just the thought of not having Photoshop running on Mac computers could be a massive blow for Apple as well though.

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