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Adobe CEO announces Flash for iPhone [updated]

The iPhone will soon receive its own version of Adobe’s Flash Player, a popular web plug-in capable of performing audio, video, and animated art content, according to Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. “We believe Flash is synonymous with the Internet experience,” Narayen told investors during a conference call, explaining that the company has been evaluating Apple’s iPhone software development kit, “and we are committed to bringing Flash to the iPhone.”

Adobe’s announcement follows Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ comments that both Flash Lite, a mobile-optimized Flash player, and the full-fledged Flash player for PCs and Macs were not viable iPhone-ready applications. Shortly thereafter, Microsoft licensed Flash Lite for use on Windows Mobile devices. It is presently unclear how the iPhone version of Flash Player will integrate with the iPhone’s Safari web browser.

Updated: Adobe has issued a statement noting that any Flash Player integration with the Safari web browser will require “work with Apple beyond and above what is available through the SDK and the current license around it,” rendering the company’s earlier commitment to the iPhone merely a statement of intent rather than a formal guarantee. “[W]e want to work with Apple,” Adobe said, “to bring these capabilities to the device.”

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Well Shiver Me Timbers!

Posted by G-Money in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 19, 2008 at 3:18 AM (CDT)


Hmm, this sounds a lot like Sun’s recent Java announcement.  According to the Fortune article, it looks like Adobe just downloaded the iPhone SDK, and now they think they can build Flash for the iPhone without Apple’s blessing. 

I wouldn’t hold my breath for Flash for the iPhone at the moment.

Posted by Zack M in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 19, 2008 at 8:34 AM (CDT)


Interesting… I don’t understand why Apple would rather not have Flash in the iPhone/iPod
I mean if Adobe is saying “let’s do it… come onnnn”
and Apple is being a tease about it and being all “nooo… not now”
ROFL seriously though, why the f**k not

Posted by Toleran in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 19, 2008 at 4:55 PM (CDT)


Great news! However (and I hope I’m wrong about this) I suspect that, unlike it’s PC/Mac counterpart, the Safari Flash player won’t be free.

Posted by zamuz in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 19, 2008 at 7:55 PM (CDT)


If you ask me (and you didn’t),  I think anyone that does not think Apple will let Adobe create and add flash to the iPhone is crazy.  This is exactly the reaction from Adobe that Steve Jobs was looking for when he said last week that the flash required for the iPhone simply does not exist and that the mobile version is not good enough and the full version runs too slow on the iPhone.  Adobe took the bait and here they are developing it at no cost to Apple.  Very good thing for us consumers, Apple and Adobe.

Posted by AK CH in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 19, 2008 at 8:05 PM (CDT)


a flash player/plugin is one thing I actually wouldn’t mind paying for….

Posted by huskerz85 in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 19, 2008 at 9:22 PM (CDT)


Flash is a bandwidth hog, and most of it isn’t worth the time over Edge. I’ll pass.

Posted by Chrystopher in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 19, 2008 at 9:29 PM (CDT)


there is a very good reason why the iPod Touch and the iPhone didn’t ship with flash capabilities. Almost All tv shows nowadays are distributed by flash by the tv studios’ websites. Anyone can watch these shows, when they want, for free. Apple lets flash happen, and they can kiss goodbye to a big chunk of revenue they make on iTunes television show and music video sales. I’m talking millions. You really think Apple will give into customer demands that easy when there’s a good penny to be made? I think not.

Posted by Jon in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 30, 2008 at 1:52 AM (CDT)


I don’t think Apple is realistically concerned about the number of users who would bother to try and watch TV shows only while connected to a WiFi access point (let’s not even begin to assume that EDGE speeds would be sufficient to accomplish this feat).

The point of iTunes movie purchases/rentals is that you can watch them just about anywhere and at any time—not only when you’re in range of a WiFi access point.  Most folks who are tech-savvy enough and have the time to bother watching flash-based TV shows through the iPhone browser are probably getting them through methods of delivery other than iTunes anyway.

The reality is that Apple may very well be trying to push new and different standards rather than flash.  That wouldn’t surprise me in the least.  Keep in mind that Quicktime content works beautifully through the iPhone’s browser, and is more bandwidth and CPU/memory efficient than flash. At this point, anybody who wants to develop video content that is iPhone-compatible is going to pretty much have to use Quicktime, and with the iPhone’s current marketshare in the mobile browser space, the demand is going to be there to develop iPhone-friendly sites and services.

Whether or not Apple will stand in Adobe’s way is open to debate, but it’s certainly not going to be a priority for them to get Flash onto the iPhone any more than it would be to get Java on there.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in East Amherst, NY, USA on March 30, 2008 at 4:19 PM (CDT)


hey i was just wondering how can i get the adobe flash players on the iphone and on the ipod because i tried to buy it on the apps but it could not and also is said “the ipod is not capable ” if you can contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

                        thank you
                        ivon yepez

Posted by ivon in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM (CDT)

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