Well well, Adobe has officially announced Creative Suite 5 and 3 days before the launch Apple released its iPhone OS 4 and along with it changed its Developer Agreement which has increased the friction between the two companies.
It all started with Apple claiming that Adobe’s Flash Player was buggy and was not a correct fit was the iPhone. This led to Adobe working on an improved version of Flash player which would run on smartphones the way it runs on the PC. But Apple was still didn’t want to integrate it in the iPhone. In my previous post, I had commented on why Apple followed this approach. Apple simply didn’t want Flash on their phones as it directly competes with the AppStore
After all this, Adobe decided to ensure that Flash was not let out of iPhone and created an iPhone Packager Utility in the Flash CS5 and the feature got accepted widely and the community was extremely happy. But the latest changes to the Developer Agreement directly apposes the use of this Flash Utility.
The Daring Fireball wrote in detail about this in two specific posts,
Now comes the interesting part.
Quoted from Venturbeat article “Did Opera put the squeeze on Apple to get its browser on the iPhone?”
That Opera Mini made it through Apple’s iTunes Store approval process is a major accomplishment. Apple relaxed its rules to allow for third-party browser applications on the iPhone a year ago, but they were restricted to the WebKit browser framework (which Safari also uses). Opera Mini is based on Opera’s proprietary Web-browsing engine, so it technically should never have been approved. In this case, it’s hard to conclude that Opera’s loud publicity stunts didn’t make a difference.
Apple could have also been trying to avoid legal trouble with the Norwegian browser maker. Opera was previously at the heart of the most recent European legal case against Microsoft’s antitrust behavior with Internet Explorer — which led to Microsoft implementing a browser choice screen for European Windows users. Apple could have accepted Opera Mini simply to avoid a similar fate.
Now with Opera in AppStore, there is another interesting bit to this story, with a new entrant in the mobile browser market, SkyFire. SkyFire which is also similar to Opera Mini, it routes page requests through a central server that crunches down the requested page for quick viewing on mobile. But unlike Opera Mini, Skyfire can handle a variety of video formats, including Silverlight and Flash. And based on the entry of Opera in AppStore, SkyFire quoted this would accelerate their strategy on the iDevices. Here is the engadget article.
Now if SkyFire makes it to the iPhone AppStore, that would mean that Flash would finally make its way into the iPhone. What would be Apples strategy to this. Would they disapprove the entry of SkyFire into their device, or would they make sure that SkyFire does not transcode Flash Content. What ever might be the outcome, it is an interesting space to watch out for.