Apple had a great opportunity to build bridges, not only between itself and its customers but also with Adobe, by announcing it had finally done the right thing and included support for Adobe Flash when it announced new iPhone 4.0 OS features this week. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Apple did not grasp that opportunity but instead made it very clear that no such support will be forthcoming.
According to Lee Brimelow, whose official title at Adobe is that of 'Platform Evangelist' for Flash amongst other things, the new iPhone 4.0 SDK "appears to make creating applications in any non-Apple-approved languages a violation of terms" which would seem to put the kibosh on Flash for now. Unless, of course, you take the jailbreak option for the iPhone or even the iPad which should have a commercial jailbreaking application available real soon now by the looks of things.
Adobe is said to be "looking into this wording carefully" and will no doubt publish an official conclusion in due course. In the meantime, on his personal blog, Brimelow has been making his own feelings particularly clear. He's also made it clear, at the behest of his employers, that his opinions are his won and not those of Adobe.
Which is probably just as well as Brimelow says "Go screw yourself Apple". Stating on the one hand that is has nothing do with getting Flash player onto the iPhone, and on the other that Apple not only want "tyrannical control over developers" but also to "use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe" Brimelow calls the Apple decision to not allow applications onto the iPhone because of the language used to create them as being a "frightening move that has no rational defense".
OK, so Brimelow has done his best to try and separate his personal opinions from the official company line but you can bet that there is some ripe language being used behind closed doors at Adobe following this latest piece of anti-Flash face slapping from Apple.