Adobe to Apple: “Bye bye then”

Kevin Lynch, the chief technical officer of software developer Adobe, has posted a terse response to the criticism levelled at Flash technology by Apple chief Steve Jobs last week.

Given the now notorious legal terms Apple has imposed upon its developer community, Lynch said that Adobe has decided to shift its focus away from the iPhone and iPad devices for both Flash Player and Air.

Instead, Adobe will focus on developing products for all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem, namely, Google, RIM, Palm/HP, Microsoft, and Nokia as well as others.

“The primary issue at hand is that Apple is choosing to block Adobe’s widely used runtimes as well as a variety of technologies from other providers,” Lynch said.

Adobe said that it plans to deliver Flash Player 10.1 for Android as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. Check out this video of Flash Player running on Android from Mobile World Congress in February 2010.

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In related news, Apple said that it sold its one millionth iPad on Friday, 28 days after the introduction of the device on April 3. In addition, iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the iBookstore.

Developers have created over 5,000 apps specifically for the iPad, although the device will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store.

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  1. Avatar app developer 04/05/2010 @ 2:49 pm

    Hi James
    Is there a link to what Kevin Lynch said?

  2. Avatar manoj 05/05/2010 @ 12:51 pm

    Steve Jobs has done a wonderful job at Apple in developing and marketing appealing products however it is a pity that apple’s approach does not appear to be very partner centric approach.

    Apple’s approach seems cocky and arrogant, and one difficult for consumers to understand.

    Companies that take an arrogant approach to partnerships and build walled gardens kill the ecosystem and destroy innovation.

    while not sure about the relationships and why views are hardening but i am sure iPhone users like me would prefer if the iPhone worked on flash websites.

  3. Avatar Paul 06/05/2010 @ 5:59 am

    I totally agree with the last line of Lee’s bog about what Apple should do to themselves. This is not because of any agenda for or against either Apple or Adobe – but basically because if you sell me a platform you cannot fix what I do with platform – I consider that to be trespass against my property! Even if Steve is right and Adobe is terrible – when I paid my x00 dollars to Appple I gained the absolute right to do silly things with my phone – including throwing it on the fire, dropping it out of the window and running Flash on it if Adobe make it available!

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