Originally Posted by Amdahl
Apple is guaranteeing they will not be the industry standard platform, once again.
Are you kidding me? Adobe is jumping for joy. Apple just removed themselves as a real contender for vertical markets and multi-platform apps.
Really? What other mobile platform has a fully functional version of Flash? Windows Mobile 7 won't have it. Android will supposedly have a hacked, semi-functional version some time this summer. Face it - Flash is a lousy product for mobile devices.
Originally Posted by kpluck
So in addition limiting what apps you can install on your Apple devices, now they have decided that how the apps are developed is also their business.
I am sorry, this is just plain silly.
I see the mobile market going to same way as the desktop market. Apple will do well, making a nice living off the drones that don't mind their draconian operating practices, meanwhile the bulk of the market will go to other companies that don't want to act as your nanny.
Right. That's why there are 180,000 App store apps. What is that - 10 times the number of all the other mobile apps put together?
Originally Posted by Booga
Actually, I think exactly the opposite will happen. The App Store drives iPhone sales, and this hurts the app store. In addition, it DRAMATICALLY impacts the ability to do custom vertical solutions based on pre-existing frameworks. I think this decision will quickly turn the iPhone into a second-class development platform that gets bad ports months after the fact, just like apple did to the Mac.
Tools like Unity3d can now no longer be used to create top-shelf games (C# based), and sone innovative no-programming dev environments that were coming out will likely go to android. With every decision like this that Apple makes they drive away dozens of good developers from the platform.
Even if Apple lost 20% of its developers (which isn't going to happen since this new rule doesn't affect any of the existing developers -- no one was using compiled Flash apps yet), they'd still have 6-8 times the number of the rest of the industry put together.
Originally Posted by CommodityFetish
I like Apple less and less with everything they do like this. What business of theirs is it what tools a developer uses?
Apple is responsible for ensuring the reliability and stability of its systems. They have decided that the best way to ensure that is to control the tools used. If you don't like it, then develop your own cell phone and app store.
Originally Posted by shadash
I don't think so. Apple has over 80 million mobile OS devices on the market right now. Android and Blackberry markets are fragmented across a variety of phones, resolutions, etc. Windows Phone 7 has sold 0 devices so far. Most devs will jump through a few hoops to address that large of a market.
And none of those have a fully functional version of Flash, either.
Unfortunately for the Flash developers who seem to spend so much time complaining about Apple's decision, Flash is dead as far as mobile devices is concerned - so its future for desktop systems is questionable, as well.