Adobe, Apple working on Flash for iPhone

A recent interview with Bloomberg has had Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen reveal that Adobe has teamed up with Apple, to work on bringing flash to Apple's iPhone.

Narayen has said that "It's a hard technical challenge [Flash], and that's part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating". CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, said last March that the full version of Flash runs poorly on the iPhone, and Adobe's Flash Lite is not featured enough for use, so he has called on Adobe to produce a third version.

Adobe has a long history of porting technologies to mobile devices, like the previously mentioned Flash Lite, but still has to overcome some unmentioned hurdles to finally get a consumer-ready Flash for the iPhone. Narayen said, three months after the iPhone's App Store launch, that he's "pleased with progress" on Flash, so maybe it's not very far away from release at all.

It is not clear which form Flash for iPhone will come in, be it a separate App or possibly built into a future firmware version, as third party iPhone apps aren't allowed to serve as plugins, as per the iPhone SDK rules.

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Flash must die. It's poorly implemented and is just another crappy software from Adobe. It already sucks your CPU and battery on Mac OS X, just imagine the result on the iPhone: poor performances, shortest battery EVER and sloooooooow loading on 3G/EDGE.

Don't trust Adobe.

DeathsyctheHe11 said,
Copy and paste already there if you jailbroke it, pretty useful too!

iPod Touch 2G can't be JB yet.

Justin- said,
iPod Touch 2G can't be JB yet. :)

As of about 24 hours ago, it can be =) A tethered jailbreak though, meaning to boot up your iPod you need to be connected to your PC, and it's currently only for Mac, but it's a start

Sam Symons Live said,
As of about 24 hours ago, it can be =) A tethered jailbreak though, meaning to boot up your iPod you need to be connected to your PC, and it's currently only for Mac, but it's a start :D

There is a way to do it on Windows too.

How is it a hard technical challenge? The Nokia 770, a severely underpowered internet tablet, has had full flash support (not lite) for at least 3 years. It uses an ARM processor and runs Linux...so I can't imagine how much different it would be for the iPhone, sans the different OS API. I would say it is a licensing issue between Adobe and Apple rather than a technical issue.

Not surprising considering that Adobe's been working on bringing full Flash 10 to mobile devices. They've already demoed Flash 10 on Android. However, there better be a way to disable it. I wouldn't want Flash on iPhone considering how much Flash on OSX sucks.