As to be expected after the Terms of Service change that has plagued Adobe’s iPhone intentions, Adobe is throwing in the towel for iPhone Flash app development.
The change to the terms of service noted that the only acceptable app development platform for the iPhone was Apple’s own development platform. Adobe was planning on a successful venture with their Flash-to-iPhone converter in CS5 but the change made it possible for Apple to ban the use of the kit at any moment and rendering any apps created with it useless.
Adobe’s Product Manager for Flash developers, Mike Chambers has posted a blog post concerning the latest news and has finally released the details on Adobe’s position on the matter. In the post, Chambers makes mention that Adobe has stopped working on the converter and that developers should concentrate on Android in the future.
However, Chambers does note that CS5 will still ship with the iPhone tools but there are “no plans for additional investments in that feature.” Chambers also took a slight jab at Apple by saying: “If you want to develop for the iPhone you have to be prepared for Apple to reject or restrict your development at anytime, and for seemingly any reason.”
Well, if you were banking on this Flash converter for your app, you have my condolences and I can’t really blame Adobe for taking the high road but I’m sure they’ll do fine on Android. Adobe just recently announced plans to add Adobe AIR and Flash is already on its way to the platform.