A blogger writes for ITWorld ( part of the IDG Network ) cited unnamed sources to claim that Adobe has plans in place to sue Apple over its decision to block the use of Flash Professional to create iPhone apps. Adobe’s not talking about such actions, so not clear it’s a real news or not, and what exactly Adobe would be suing Apple over, probably it’s only Adobe wanted to test what would happen. However, from the recent details of conflict between Apple and Adobe, that would be a possibility. So, if Adobe sue Apple, who would ultimately win?
In fact, it is hard for Adobe how to claim any legal right to demand that Apple support its monopoly position in desktop dynamic web content playback. I don’t think Adobe can get any benefits if they sue Apple Changed the App Store policy change (IT World reports that the App Store policy change was the “last straw” for Adobe), and I can’t see how Adobe could win. It’s Apple’s product, it’s Apple’s store, It’s Apple’s SDK!
But if Adobe can sue that Apple is a monopoly in some form like Apple holds a monopoly in the mobile app market. Apple is the only iPhone hardware maker, the only source for iPhone software and the only source to develop for the iPhone, whatever. it will be a pretty easy win.
Although with the release of iPhone OS 4 beta, Apple altered section 3.3.1 of the developer agreement, banning the use of intermediate computability layers and alternative languages in the App Store, the new agreement effectively renders the Flash-to-iPhone compiler in CS5 useless, something that Adobe has largely touted before the OS 4 announcement. But,
“We are aware of the new SDK language and are looking into it,”
said Adobe spokesperson Wiebke Lips.
“We continue to develop our Packager for iPhone OS technology, which we plan to debut in Flash CS5.”
Adobe released Flash CS5 on April 12.
That’s GOOD! Even only a stance!
Yes, because I don’t think Adobe sue Apple can resolve anything, Adobe should, attempt to improve Flash further and faster than Apple takes the iPhone, make it killer on the backs of Android and other platform.
Usually I write about security here, but Apple’s iron-bound determination to keep Adobe Flash out of any iWhatever device is about to blow up in Apple’s face. Sources close to Adobe tell me that Adobe will be suing Apple within a few weeks…
It’s not clear what exactly Adobe would be suing Apple over. Apple has apparently never contracted in bad faith with Adobe to co-deliver Flash on the iPhone, nor did the company approve or endorse or in any way guarantee that Adobe’s efforts to skirt the existing restrictions in the iPhone SDK would result in commercial success.
If ever Apple gains a true monopoly position in mobile and abuses that monopoly, then cases will no doubt be made (remember, you can have a monopoly, and you can be abusive, you just can’t be an abusive monopoly). Until that time, we get the feeling Apple is going to do everything they can to leverage their technology to get as far ahead of the mobile platform competition as they can. They’re going to go at a dead sprint, in fact, until they reach that very line. They want to be so far ahead by the time they have to worry about anti-trust and may be forced to switch gears, competitors will be too far behind to catch up.
With the iPhone it was a case of Flash being too slow and buggy. With the iPad the same case was pleaded, but Apple went one step further and updated the iPhone 4.0 SDK license agreement to block cross-platform compilers. In doing so, Apple rendered one of the new features of Adobe’s just released Creative Studio 5 completely useless. That feature is the ability to compile out a Flash project as an iPhone app.