Will Adobe Flash Player 10 sway Jobs to allow iPhone Safari plug-ins?

The wrangling between Apple and Adobe has been going on for quite a while now, Apple continually refusing to let Adobe bring their Flash plug-in support to the Apple iPhone Safari browser, but the whisper is that just maybe all that will be changing in the near future.

Adobe is currently working on the new Adobe Flash Player 10 beta 2 pre-release is now available, however the significance of the Flash Player 10 pre-release is that it promises to bring a three-fold performance increase to Mac OS X devices. Adobe Player 10 runs the GUIMark benchmark three times faster than previous versions.

That’s all well and good but just how does this bit of information point at Adobe bringing Flash to the Apple iPhone I hear you ask. Well we all know Steve jobs slapped a ban on Adobe from porting their Adobe Flash Lite to Apple’s iPhone, and the full desktop version is by far too much and would slow down the iPhone’s processor. So in answer Adobe is apparently creating an iPhone optimised Flash Player that will throw enough punch to make Steve Jobs happy, and not slow down the iPhone processor.

Unfortunately, the iPhone has been locked down to exclude the use of Safari plug-ins and preventing third-party apps from running executable code.

So the real question is are Adobe tweaking the Flash Player to boost performance of Apple Mac machines in a bid to sway Steve Jobs stance on allowing Safari plug-ins? Let’s hope so.

Source — macrumors


10 thoughts on “Will Adobe Flash Player 10 sway Jobs to allow iPhone Safari plug-ins?”

  1. lrd says:

    Wishful thinking. SJ’s not going to promote a competing video format anytime soon. Especially to the company that blew him off years ago. Adobe on the iPhone isn’t going to happen. It’s either H.264 or it ain’t happening.

  2. lrd says:

    SJ’s invested too much $$ in H.264 to go astray now. And besides, the iPhones a new platform and end-users, except those that expect everthing to comply with legacy systems, are more tolerant of what it can and cannot do as long as it offers greater value in some other ways. Don’t get me wrong; I’d like to see all the Flash content on my iPhone too.

  3. brock says:

    Flash is crap. It is about time Adobe is attempting to make it better. Amazing what can happen when you get some big pressure.

    However, unless it really is MUCH better performance, isn’t a power hog, etc, it will not see the light on the iPhone anytime soon. This just isn’t Jobs trying to shut them out for H.264. Flash as it stands today is crap. Especially on the Mac. And it would be even worse on the iPhone. Come on Adobe, pull your head out.

  4. D9 says:

    The bigger issue is how Adobe is scrambling to increase its development of Flash. It was obvious from the lack of significant feature and performance enhancements on all Flash development the last few years that Adobe expected to just milk this cash cow when they bought Macromedia…it was the crown jewel in that acquisition. But with more and more alternatives from the open source community to Microsoft as well as overall user dissatisfaction w/ Flash sites, Adobe is sweating to keep Flash overwhelmingly relevant. Apple, like always, was simply the first to state that the “Emperor is wearing no clothes”. Plus Apple has every right to tell Adobe to stick it in response to the unappreciative attitude they’ve had towards the Mac sector the last 10 years!

  5. james katt says:

    Flash is crap. Flash is also NOT a standard. It is proprietary all the way. Using Flash makes Apple dependent on Adobe. This is a no-go.

    Apple is showing that with H.264 (the standard for modern video) and SproutCore (which is based on web standards), Apple can create a whole new platform for web applications – which can act like desktop applications – all built on web standards, which anyone can then use and play.

    Google’s applications – such as their map application – show how sophisticated web apps can be.

    Apple will take it to a higher level and make it much easier and fun to do.

    Adobe is sweating since it is trying to maintain relevancy. However, it has a right to sweat since it realizes that Flash is non-standard, they have been neglectling the Mac platform for years, etc. etc.

    If Apple succeeds in making web designers think twice about Flash since mobile web surfing is coming of age and Flash is crap on mobile platforms, and there are web-standards ways of doing the same thing – or even better, then Flash will eventually be dead.

    Certainly the use of Flash is going to be avoided by large corporations since Flash makes it impossible for the blind disabled from experiencing the web.

    But the availability of web-standard options such as SproutCore + H.264 makes it so much easier to move away from Flash. This would help convince the rest of the web to also move away from Flash.

  6. jg says:

    I agree with all of you (except the idiot trying to sell stuff), but the fact is flash player is all over the web – whether we like it or not.

  7. almo says:

    Oh my! James… a few points of clarification:

    Flash (SWF files) are developed using the ActionScript 3 (AS3) programming language (sometimes within the Flash or Flex authoring tools but all you really need is a text editor and the free Flex SDK). Your comment about Flash not being a standard is incorrect–AS3 is 100% standards compliant (based on the same EcmaScript standard as, e.g., JavaScript). The Flex SDK is 100% open source, and in fact Adobe Flex just won the Best of Open Source Software Awards! There are no licensing restrictions on the Flash (SWF) file format. So let’s be clear: There is nothing proprietary OR non-standard about “Flash”. It is also 100% free unless you want to pay Adobe for an IDE!

    I’m by no means affiliated with Adobe, and at the risk of making this sound like an ad; let me assure you that there is no other technology that comes close to the sophistication and speed-of-execution/interpretation of Flex/Flash/AS33 content. I suspect any of its bad reputation may have come from the “Flash-banner days”. What’s available to developers today is a real high-performing, standards compliant, open-source, and free-of-charge programming language that is literally orders of magnitude more capable than any competing “standard”.

    I’m sorry but while you make your comments sound like facts, they are clearly incorrect, unsupported, and highly subjective. Please check your sources… if any.

  8. White Hawk says:

    Oh my… how ill-informed the masses! I was about to jump in with a worthy retort, but it seems the almo has expressed the meat of the matter with far greater eloquence (and in a manner, better informed) than I might.

    There is little more to be said.

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