What’s your take on the Apple/Adobe Feud?
I don’t know about you, but watching this whole Adobe vs. Apple riff go down used to feel like a heavy weight boxing match, but now it feels a bit more like watching a car wreck in slow motion.
As a spectator (and as a web user), I have my own opinions on who’s right and who’s going to walk away the winner at the end, but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself, at least for now—everyone has an opinion, of course, but I’m more interested in getting a better sense on what this all means to developers.
The San Francisco Chronicle recently ran a story that tapped into the anger many developers, particularly those who develop in Flash, harbor towards Apple and its stance against the Flash platform—a seemingly stubborn (or even spiteful) one, to some.
Now, with Apple’s recent announcement that developers won’t even be able to use conversion tools when creating iPhone/iPad apps, all of this appears to be approaching a boiling point. Apple’s decision pretty much stops Adobe’s hot new feature in Adobe Flash CS5, a Packager for iPhone, dead in its tracks, which would have allowed developers to export Flash apps into native iPhone applications.
But what about Apple’s side of the story? Are they really being tyrannical, or are they simply protecting their platform from buggy software that could degrade user experience? The reality is, there are some very real issues, or at least concerns, with Flash’s performance on mobile devices, and it will be interesting to see how it holds up as Android and WebOS devices begin to support it.
So what are your thoughts on the Adobe/Apple war? If you’re a developer, are you taking sides? Take a quick moment and let us know in the comments below, and answer our poll.