Flash for the iPhone kinda reminds me of copy/paste for the iPhone. It’s something that should have been there since day 1, but never was because Apple made the non-sense decision to not having it. Why? I don’t know for sure but I am certain Steve Jobs has a rational explanation for this.
The Flash non-sense is now coming to an end as Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen announced last week at the World Economic Forum that Adobe and Apple are working together in an effort to bring Flash to the iPhone. That’s about time!
In an interview to Bloomberg, Narayen said that “it’s a hard technical challenge and that’s part of the reason Apple and Adobe are cooperating to try and get it done as soon as possible”. He also said that “we have the developer kit and the onus is now on us”.
According to RWW:
The debate has been long and tough. In March last year Narayen said that with or without Apple’s blessing, Adobe planned to develop a Flash player for the iPhone/iPod touch platform. Unfortunately Apple CEO Steve Jobs had already made it clear the current Adobe offerings were not acceptable. Flash Lite, the version designed specifically for mobile devices, just wasn’t good enough and Adobe’s desktop product was just too slow on the iPhone. According to Jobs, what was needed was a “missing product in the middle.”
It seems that Adobe has been working on this missing product and while there is no time frame, we certainly hope to get Flash on our iPhones sooner rather than later…
You can watch Narayen interview below.