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Adobe gives up on Flash for iPhone & iPad

iPhone app building tools to stop after CS5

Adobe has no plans to continue developing Apple iPhone application building technology after Adobe Creative Suite 5 is released next month, likely ending the slim chance of Flash appearing on the smartphone.

"We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5, however, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature," said Adobe’s Mike Chambers.

The news, reported by The Loop, is blamed on a change in Apple’s iPhone Developer Program License Agreement. Section 3.3.1 bans "applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited," which rules out Adobe's CS5 technology.

"While it appears that Apple may selectively enforce the terms, it is our belief that Apple will enforce those terms as they apply to content created with Flash CS5," added Adobe's Chambers.

"Developers should be prepared for Apple to remove existing content and applications (100+ on the store today) created with Flash CS5 from the iTunes store."

Adobe announced Adobe Creative Suite 5 earlier this month, with major updates for a range of creative tools including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Flash. Full pricing details can be found here.


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