Adobe Sue Apple? Who Would Ultimately Win?


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.