Adobe Considers Suing Apple over Flash Dispute

Paul Lilly

If you thought you were pissed that your $500 iPad doesn't do Flash content, along with any other Apple devices you might own, try being Adobe. The two sides have been sparring back and forth over the issue, and it's about to spill over into court, IT World reports .

The issue isn't just that Apple refuses to incorporate Flash support on any of its mobile products, but a more recent stance in which Apple changed its iPhone SDK (software development kit) license to prevent developers from submitting programs to Apple that use cross-platform compilers.

"We are aware of the new SDK language and are looking into it. We continue to develop our Packager for iPhone OS technology, which we plan to debut in Flash CS5," said Wiebke Lips, an Adobe spokesperson.

Flash CS5 is part of the Adobe Creative Suite 5 that launched earlier this week, but for now, it can't be used to create apps for Apple devices. This isn't sitting well at all with Adobe, and according to IT World, unless the two sides come to some sort of arrangement in the next couple of weeks, Adobe is prepared to sue.

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