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Apple Shuts Down Flash Developers for iPhone OS

Apple Shuts Down Flash Developers for iPhone OS

It wasn't too long ago that Adobe announced a Packager for iPhone feature in Adobe Flash CS5 that would allow Flash projects to be ported as native apps for the iPhone. Well, with the release of the new iPhone Developer Program License Agreement for iPhone OS 4.0, Apple has effectively shut that down.

According to John Gruber of Daring Fireball about the new license agreement:

My reading of this new language is that cross-compilers, such as the Flash-to-iPhone compiler in Adobe’s upcoming Flash Professional CS5 release, are prohibited. This also bans apps compiled using MonoTouch — a tool that compiles C# and .NET apps to the iPhone.

This could well be a blow to Adobe, especially since an announcement event for CS5 has already been planned for next Monday (April 12th). Gruber has a further in-depth analysis about the change here.

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