Here we go again. The ongoing feud between Apple and Adobe just will not go away. Especially if Adobe has anything to say about it. The Federal Trade Commission’s office denied a request from Adobe, which was to see a near 200 pages of information relating to the lawsuit the company has against Apple. The request was made under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.

The FTC’s reasoning is that making such documents public, “could reasonably be expected to interfere with the conduct of the Commission’s law enforcement activities”. This is a nice way of saying they don’t want to screw themselves if they in fact act upon the lawsuit. This is where Apple enters the picture. Whether or not the suit has any merit is still in question, however, to refuse access is an indication that this isn’t good for Apple, and certainly suggests that the investigation is very real.

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg news reported in May that the FTC received a formal complaint from Adobe, concerning Apple’s denial of the company’s ability to port software such as Flash to iPhones and iPads. Apple implemented a device-wide ban on the software, after Adobe tried doing just this, which promoted the suit.

Steve Jobs went public about this via a letter in April, in which he degraded Adobe’s software, calling it “unfit for the modern mobile area of computing”. Also included in the not so loving letter was Job stating that porting such programs, would hinder performance, and leave users with “sub-standard apps”. He obviously hasn’t downloaded any fart machines. Nevertheless, I’d guess that Jobs wishes he would have went about this differently.

Whatever this refusal means, one thing is certain. There is more to this story than anyone is privy too. It seems strange that if the document was meaningless, the FTC wouldn’t have a problem making it public. The FOIT isn’t something you’d deny unless you have feel you might compromise its content, legally. We here at iDB will continue to follow this closely and update you as the information comes our way. Until then, enjoy your Flash free iPhone’s.

Any thoughts?

[Apple Insider]

  • Cant say that I’m surprised by this, Sad really i firmly believe that forcing apple to adopt flash will only hurt the user in the long run. How about the FTC forces Adobe to innovate rather then ride flash to the wheels fall off?

  • Jason masters

    Does frash work on ios 4? iPhone 4?

  • Shadow

    They wouldn’t be forcing apple to adopt flash. They would simply fine apple and stop apple from forcing *you* to leave flash. As long as flash is available as an option, that’s legal.

    Apple is right now basically saying you can’t eat here because you can’t use chopsticks and thus you can’t fully appreciate our food.

  • Apple everything

    I wish apple would just let us have flash maybe now comex has finnished his userland jb he will pick up his frash again flash is all that is missing on me iPhone

  • Krezack

    Now that Jailbreaking is legal Adobe should just release Flash for jailbroken devices. While I can certainly understand why Adobe wouldn’t have wanted to do that prior to the DMCA changes, I see no reason not to now.

  • I have not seen Frash on iPhone4 maybe it’s just too hard to get it working on the iPhone4. Seems to me getting Frash on the iPhone4 would be a higher priority cause the install base far exceedes the iPad units. I would love to be on the sjobs@apple.con email thread when Frash for iPhone4 lands in the Cydia store… Steve should just open up Flash for the iPhone4, just look at history, Microsoft early days(open) 95% of the market, Apple(closed proprietary) 2% of the market. Android(open); iOS (closed)… Eye candy was good in 2007. The creepy closed model is lame! I tried to switch to the Samsung Captivate, took I back for the iPhone4, what caused me to look was the newer Android 2.2, what kept me on iPhone is that I know it since 2007. But the more closed Apple gets, the more it makes me look.

  • Demikoro

    Honestly, if Adobe wants to add flash to the system, which in fact would only improve performance, then let them. I personally, am a programmer and consumer of product made by many companies. If apple does not want to add flash player to our phones then they could just shut up. Honestly, if they want to be all hard ass about it then why not adobe make a tweak and put in in there own repo so if the consumer wants flash they could install it themselves. As for the performance issue, Jobs honestly does not know what he is talking about, Adobe would make a version of flash that is light like the ones they make for Deminon systems. It would, if anything, improve there product.

  • Michael

    Why doesn’t Adobe make a working mobile version of Flash that isn’t in Beta before crying to the FCC? How will the FCC enforce Apple’s support for software that is demonstrably broken and has been in Beta for over three years?