Not at this point!
Adobe is no longer investing in iPhone-based Flash development, Adobe principal product manager Mike Chambers wrote in a blog post.
“Essentially, this has the effect of restricting applications built with a number of technologies, including Unity, Titanium, MonoTouch, and Flash CS5,” Chamber wrote. “While it appears that Apple may selectively enforce the terms, it is our belief that Apple will enforce those terms as they apply to content created with Flash CS5.”
Adobe will still provide the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5, but the company is “not currently planning any additional investments in that feature,” he said.
Chambers told developers that they should be prepared to have Apple remove the 100+ Flash CS5-based apps currently in the iTunes Store.
He also criticized Apple’s somewhat haphazard policies regarding applications. “As developers for the iPhone have learned, if you want to develop for the iPhone you have to be prepared for Apple to reject or restrict your development at anytime, and for seemingly any reason,” he wrote.
Chambers accused Apple of wanting to “tie developers down to their platform, and restrict their options to make it difficult for developers to target other platforms.”
He denied that Adobe’s efforts on Flash-based iPhone apps were for naught. Instead, the company proved that “there is no technical reason that Flash can’t run on the iPhone” and that developers can create compelling iPhone content with Flash, he said.
Adobe is instead focusing on other platforms, namely Android. Chambers said he will personally shift “all of my mobile focus” from the iPhone to Android, and that he has a particular interest in Android-based tablets.
“We are working closely with Google to bring both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 to [the Droid and Nexus One], and thus far, the results have been very promising,” according to Chambers. “There have already been a couple of developers who have moved their Flash based content from the iPhone to Flash on Android (couple of examples below) and I expect that this is a trend we will be seeing more and more of.”
As most people are aware, this is just the latest in the battle between Adobe and Apple. When Apple unveiled its iPad tablet, it did not include support for Flash. Steve Jobs reportedly said that Apple avoided Flash on the iPad because Flash is too buggy, and HTML 5 is the wave of the future, prompting Adobe to defend Flash and label Apple as uncooperative.