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Adobe is Ready To Launch Flash For iPhone But Apple Still Saying No

Adobe is apparently building an iPhone version of its universally popular Flash player if the senior director of Engineering at Adobe Systems is to be believed.

Flashmagazine reports (opens in new tab) that Paul Betlem who was speaking at Flash on The Beach Conference in Brighton, confirmed that Adobe is indeed planning to release Flash for iPhone although Apple is still in control as to when Flash will be released.

The iPhone is still a closed platform, with Apple being overly protective about what application should run on it; the main reason why Flash, as a platform, does not run on the iPhone is down to the fact that it is resource hungry and could turn the exquisite iPhone experience into one of utterly misery.

And Steve Jobs has already said that Flash, as it stands, is not good enough for the iPhone, prompting rumours that Apple could launch its own Flash-lite version or get Microsoft's Silverlight onboard.

But Flash, like Adobe's PDF, still rules the world when it comes to rich media applications with thousadns of websites like CNN or the BBC using Flash to power their media rich websites.

Aside from Adobe, many other businesses like Sun Microsystems, SAP and Ebay have been keen to develop apps for the iPhone platform and it was only a few hours ago that IBM announced Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes applications for the iPhone.

Désiré Athow
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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.