Netly: The Third Screen

Flash Doesn’t Come to the iPhone

Posted on: October 6, 2009

flashReading some of yesterdays coverage of news out of Adobe, you’d think the Cupertino Wall had come down.

In reality, all Adobe really announced was a new, simple way for Flash developers to make stand-alone, downloadable iPhone apps. This is not native Flash however. Flash continues to be a browser-based runtime—accent on the BROWSER—and you can’t experience Flash sites via your iPhone browser. I’d be shocked if Apple ever permitted Flash to work with the iPhone browser for a variety of reasons, the most compelling of which is, it would wreck the App Store model. (Who needs Apps if you can run games and other programs directly off Flash-based Web sites?) But it was a smart move for Adobe to help all those Flash developers make iPhone apps more easily. It ought to further increase the number of apps heading this way.

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