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Adobe's Planning Flash Emulator for iPhone

Adobe is working on an emulator to allow the iPhone to run Flash, something that is sorely missed by many users and which could potentially deprive Adobe of a very lucrative market.

Apple has been very adamant that it won't use Flash as it is too resource hungry and would certainly bring down an iPhone to its knees as well as draining the phone's battery life.

The Cupertino-based company is already developing Sproutcore, an open source, platform-independent, Cocoa-inspired JavaScript framework for creating web applications that look and feel like Desktop applications, and will certainly demand that Flash, which seems to become more unwieldy with each new release, be given a strict diet.

This might be a lost battle though as iPhoneatlas (opens in new tab) points that Flash performance on mobile devices is "abysmal"; a Flash emulator on the iPhone could possibly make things even worse since they would have to share memory and processor cycles with the iPhone browser, Safari.

The conclusion is that Adobe will either have to release a light version of Flash or forget mobile devices altogether.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.