Apple Could Face Antitrust Accusations From US DoJ

US regulators are to mount an antitrust investigation into the ongoing war between Steve Jobs and Adobe, after Apple ditched Adobe's Flash Player from its iPhone platform.

According to a report in the New York Post, the US Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are currently in talks to decide which of the two watchdogs will start an inquiry into Apple's iPhone 4.0 OS developer API license agreement, which bans developers from using third-party compilers such as those based on Adobe Flash.

Sources indicate US regulators believe that Apple's decision might harm competition in the smart phone market.

The spat between Apple and Adobe began when Apple's Steve Jobs openly criticised the software maker, calling its Flash software a "CPU-hogger".

The Cupertino-based company went on to ban developers from using Adobe Flash for apps on its newly launched iPad tablet, and subsequently the iPhone.

Apple's continued assault has drawn the attention of regulators, due to increasing complaints from Apple rivals over the the IT giant's draconian developer rules.

The current tussle between the two partners has pushed Adobe into the arms of Google and the Android platform; last week it was announced that the software developer would give free Android smartphones to its staff.