updated 02:55 pm EDT, Tue April 13, 2010
Adobe may force Apple to allow outside dev tools
A rumor on Tuesday claimed that Adobe was near suing Apple over the company's decision to ban cross-compilers in the iPhone 4.0 SDK. Contacts near Adobe purportedly said the Flash developer has already made up its mind and is set to file a lawsuit "within a few weeks." How Adobe would approach the case or what exactly it would demand weren't mentioned by ITWorld's writer, but it's presumed Adobe would have a court force Apple to allow third-party tools.
The statement is somewhat contradicted by Adobe Product Evangelist Lee Brimelow's own remarks, as he stressed that the company wouldn't retaliate by pulling Mac apps. He likewise only said that Adobe was checking to see if the terms actually banned Flash CS5's iPhone app export tool. However, Apple CEO Steve Jobs this weekend wrote a response to an inquisitive user suggesting that Adobe was very likely to be locked out.
Apple is believed to have restricted development to its Xcode tools to ensure that every developer has access to the same features and prevent a repeat of problems encountered with Mac OS X, where a reliance on third-party development tools left Adobe and Microsoft with software that had to be largely rewritten to work on Intel processors. Many have also argued that Apple has the ulterior motive of making it difficult to develop for Android and other platforms at the same time, although it has been equally argued that the change encourages use of iPhone-specific features.