Can’t We All Just Get Along (Apple vs Adobe)
Yesterday Apple announced their iPhone OS 4 preview along with a modified developer licensing agreement that looks like it does not allow developers to create applications using anything other than Apple’s official development tools. This causes a major headache for Adobe since they have already been demoing Flash CS5’s ability to export applications directly to the iPhone. Yesterday’s announcement by Apple may render all of their effort moot.
Today Adobe responded. Here is a quote from the Business Week Article:
“Adobe’s goal has been to make it so people can create content once and it can be delivered across all platforms — that’s the pitch and Apple is trying to derail that effort,” said Patrick Walravens, an analyst at JMP Securities in San Francisco, who rates Adobe ‘market outperform’. “There’s a lot of noise around this issue and it’s significant for Adobe.”
Since InDesign has become more intertwined with Flash lately, this may affect InDesign’s future as well. Hopefully this does not become an all out war between the two companies since the customers (us) may ultimately lose. Regardless of what happens, Monday should be an interesting day since Adobe will be announcing CS5.