Apple Does U-Turn On Flash Ban

Apple has removed a ban prohibiting app developers from using Adobe's Flash software and other third party developer tools on their products.

In a statement, the company said that it has removed restrictions placed on iPhone and iPad application developers to use Adobe's Flash software in their products, stock market research site Beacon reports.

"We are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need," said Apple.

The change in policies now allow Apple developers to write applications in another programming diction before converting them to an Apple approved variant. Developers are however barred from downloading any code within an application.

Adobe's shares surged 11 per cent following the announcement.

Almost three months ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs had criticised Flash, saying that it was "bloated" and the cause of most crashes on Mac computers.