Adobe has announced that it will no longer be developing its iPhone Complier software that comes bundled with Adobe CS5. Originally Adobe launched the Compiler software to enable Flash developers to compile applications for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch.
Since Apple announced the launch of iPhone OS 4.0, which rules out third party software for developing applications for the iPhone Adobe have decided not to develop the software any further beyond CS5.
Adobe has said that it doesn’t plan on any additional investment in the Compiler software after CS5 because of section 3.3.1 in Apple’s iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, which states the following.
According to adobe there are more than 100 applications in the App Store at the moment that have been developed using Flash, and Apple could quite possibly remove them.
‘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. Developers should be prepared for Apple to remove existing content and applications (100+ on the store today) created with Flash CS5 from the iTunes store.’
The Adobe iPhone Compiler software currently comes with Adobe CS5, but there really isn’t much point in developers using it as they won’t be able to get their applications approved by Apple.