Flash and the iPhone?

Certainly many of you heard some speculation recently that the iPhone might finally be getting Flash, only to be followed by the disappointing announcement of – No, you wish, keep dreaming. Quite frankly I wasn’t too surprised or therefore disappointed, but still a little bitter. The idea of developing for perhaps the biggest technological craze of my lifetime would be both financially and ‘spiritually‘ intriguing. Since Flash content makes up a huge percentage of the web now and the iPhone is all about that it makes sense right? I mean even some of the clunkiest of phones now have the ability to display Flash content. So why won’t the iPhone get with the freakin’ program already?

Basically it all comes down to the fact that Apple can’t make any money off of browser based games and utilities. It would kill their App Store – Not to mention: Why would anyone still be willing to pay $100 A Year for the SDK if all you needed was some hosting space and a domain name?

It’s ok.. I didn’t think “There’s a Website For That.” was too catchy of a slogan anyways.

Flash CS5

But wait! In recent news about the new CS5 Suite, Adobe released that Flash developers will in fact be able to develop natively on the iPhone and iPod Touch for the App Store. In fact there are Apps on the App Store today that were built in Flash. Sure it’s nowhere near as powerful as a Flash Player, but it’s definitely a start. I mentioned this in my last post, but I didn’t elaborate quite enough on how cool it is. I’m hoping that this also means I can develop on my PC as well!

Check out these videos!:


Flash CS5 beta is set to be released towards the end of this year. If you are interested in the beta notifications including testing possibilities: Sign Up Here

I’m sure you still have a lot of questions (like I do). Be sure to check out the FAQ page for more info and also the Flash/iPhone forum.

Ben

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