Is Adobe missing a great opportunity?

Adobe, has an opportunity to hit back at Apple. I believe Apple has clearly shown that they have no interest in working with Adobe, and that no amount of good effort on Adobe’s part will win Steve over.
I am of the opinion that Adobe should begin supporting the counter-culture following of the iPhone.  Presently, there is an iPhone community that has jailbroken their phones. Applications are available for the iPhone that do not go through the iTunes store.
Perhaps it is time for a large company to come on board with this community. Adobe could do a lot, they could help facilitate a greater outlet.  An app market that doesn’t require Apple.  One in which the only products that are delisted are those that are actively malicious.  Sure it won’t be the protected game of golf Apple’s been courting.  But maybe a little rugby on the iPhone is what we want!
I am not sure whether it’d be best for Adobe to build their own store front or to partner with something like
RockYourPhone.  But either option could shake the core of Apple’s world.  Think of the draw such a store would have, especially if Adobe were to make Flash Player available in such a store.  Adobe would simply have to put a few ads in prominent places and overnight it’d become the most installed iPhone app.
Meanwhile, Adobe’s CS5 platform could offer an alternative means to writing apps. One that us PC owners could utilize.   Such could completely legitimize the jailbroken community. At the very least, I think Adobe should release the Flash Player for jailbroken iphones at this point.
It’s at least create a lot of headache for Apple.  And I think Apple has no good will toward Adobe.
I believe the biggest mistake Adobe could make at this point, is NOT to escalate this into a war. To merely sit back and accept what Apple dishes is foolish.  It’s like sitting at a dinner table watching everyone else get served as the host ignores you.  There is no point in treating such a host as a friend anymore – cause they aren’t.
And Adobe would be foolhardy to allow themselves to be relegated to the sidelines.  Simply releasing Flash Player to the jailbroken community would keep Adobe in the game. I thought their CS5 strategy was a good one, they were trying to play within the rules. But when they finally admit that they just don’t want to let you play, it’s time to start your own game.
And I think Adobe is the #1 player with the means to help free the iPhone from Apple’s totalitarian dictatorship.
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6 Responses to “Is Adobe missing a great opportunity?”


  1. 1 James T. April 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Why do you Flash types think you have the RIGHT to contaminate the purity of the iPhone with your buggy piece of obsolete bloatware? And especially for free??? Maybe if Adobe stepped up, improved Flash for the Mac and paid Apple a carriage fee for allowing Flash to infect it, say a billion dollars a year, Steve Jobs might reconsider. But they won’t. Adobe’s just like Palm – a company with a great future behind it.

    FLASH IS DEAD – JOIN THE HTML5 REVOLUTION!

  2. 2 thesaj April 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    1. Because its my phone. I paid for it. I should be able to do what I please with it.

    2. I am not forcing Apple to install Flash, nor forcing you to use it, so in no way am I contaminating your phone.

    3. “Purity” if you mean tyranny. iPhone is far from pure…sorry bro.

    4. Bloatware, let’s talk about bloatware – it’s called iTunes.

    5. “Maybe if Adobe stepped up, improved Flash for the Mac” I used Flash on the Mac and had few problems even though I was running numerous Flash applications and instances.

    6. HTML5 – I plan to, but it will not do all the things I utilize Flash to do. And I fear it may face the same problem that CSS/DOM faces – 10 yrs and we still have to code for different browsers

  3. 3 leef April 10, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I agree and have been saying in the least some adobe engineers should put a FlashPlayer 10.1 equipped browser in the Cydia store

  4. 4 greg April 10, 2010 at 8:57 am

    iAds is an example of “purity”? An since when is one language or platform, a guarantee of non-malisious use over another? Gimme a break. Hmm, gimme a jailbreak.

  5. 5 Arun April 10, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I wont be surprised if Apple bans jailbroking iphone or sue’s any open app store (if a company were to drive it) supporting jailbroken devices. For this very own reason, apple is a counting their days of success with iphone..

    Dont bring HTML5 vs Flash into discussion. Flash will never die, HTML5, HTML6, … HTML100 will evolve. Flash10.1, Flash 11, Flash 12, Flash 100 will empower web. Both continue to co-exist for decades to come. For those anti-flash boys who *want* flash to be dead, they never used flash for their lifetime and will never use in their lifetime, they just feel happy to drop a line of statement as if they had their happiest moment for that day. End of story.

    Seeing this iPhone gaga, What would happen if Adobe were to ban thier products on Apple’s Mac platform taking it to a whole new war? Apple will be just left out with their devices. People will starve for products. Think about Adobe anti-apple platform.

    Imagine if Google were to bring up their Android OS to laptops, desktops, devices, etc. Will that kill apple?


  1. 1 Steve Jobs further pushes me away from the iPhone camp « The Saj – S.A.S.S.I.E. Trackback on April 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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