Apple announced its latest iPhone OS this week and also released an SDK for developers. What many of us do not know is that the updated SDK agreement carries an extra condition which bans "applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer”. This basically means is that applications ported to the iPhone from Flash using the highly touted feature of the upcoming Adobe Flash product will not be allowed in the App Store. This will also affect other services which let you “generate” iPhone apps without writing a single line of code in objective C.
Adobe has been counting on this feature to get flash on the iPhone. However, it looks like Steve Jobs does not want that at all. While Adobe released an official statement saying that “We are looking into it”, Lee Brimelow, Adone’s platform evangelist for Flash, Flex & AIR, apparently could not control his emotions (understandably), and has published a blog post literally telling Apple to go screw themselves.
While he has made it clear that the opinions expressed on his blogs are all of his own and not Adobe’s, him being as a prominent figure in Flash development, this is being taken as Flash’s response to Apple.
Here are some excerpts:
I am positive that there are a large number of Apple employees that strongly disagree with this latest move. Any real developer would not in good conscience be able to support this. The trouble is that we will never hear their discontent because Apple employees are forbidden from blogging, posting to social networks, or other things that we at companies with an open culture take for granted.
Personally I will not be giving Apple another cent of my money until there is a leadership change over there. I’ve already moved most of my book, music, and video purchases to Amazon and I will continue to look elsewhere. Now, I want to be clear that I am not suggesting you do the same and I’m also not trying to organize some kind of boycott.
You can read the complete blog post here.
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