Sometimes A-pple is an a-hole!
With the terms for their new iOS 4, Apple locked out unwanted frameworks and transscription-software:
(Section 3.3.3 of iPhone Developer Program License Agreement in the iPhone 4.0 SDK, via AppleInsider)
The moment of announcement was very hard for Adobe, which will launch their Creative Suite 5 the next monday! A new keyfeature (Update: but not the only one) of Flash CS5 was the built-in export for iPhone OS (like demonstrated by Lee Brimlow on gotoAndLearn();) – let’s see how they will react.
Me personally: I’m very sad about this monopolist-like, money-raking move. I just decided to switch to Mac in december and kind of regret my choice now. Apple’s making tons of money because of their gorgeous marketing for expensive hardware. They earned a lot with keeping Flash away from the iPhone and the Appstore with its intransparent approving-politics (ads, porn, etc.).
I think I have to deal with Objective-C, Cocoa and Xcode now, to judge whether this decision at least makes sense from the developers point of view – and of course (being the »Medien-Nutte« I am) I’ll get some Apple-shares, to profit…
[Update: OS 4 is called iOS 4 now, so I changed it in the post – we don’t want that old posts drop out of search-index, although that’s a great tactic, Apple Marketers.]
After having no chance so try the Flash Builder Beta in June (see screenshot), I give the new Flash Builder 4 – Beta 2 (that I got along with ColdFusion Builder Beta 2 and Flash Catalyst Beta 2 on #SotR09) a try. You can download it directly from Adobe Labs and share your impressions in the comments.