Adobe: Flash on iPhone at a price

By Gary Johnson - Sep 12, 2011

The lack of the Adobe Flash Player on the iPhone has been a contentious subject since the device was first released in 2007. Despite other manufacturers of products sometimes make a point of this; it hasn’t really been much of a problem for most users of iDevices. Now we have news of Adobe Flash on the iPhone at a price.

This news will eventually mean that iOS devices will be able to play Flash even better than the likes of Android and QNX. Adobe has released a new Flash Media Server 4.5 that will allow iOS users to watch Flash content but without the battery drain that is normally associated with it. It will also not cause the usual slowing down of the device when playing Flash content according to Appboy.

This move hasn’t come because Steve Jobs has suddenly retired and handed over the reins to Tim Cook. It is more of a climb down by Adobe, and the new version of the media server will configure content automatically for Apple’s mobile devices.

Content that lacks Flash support will have HTTP Dynamic Streaming or HTTP Live Streaming added that are both compatible with the iOS operating system. At the end of the day Adobe need Apple more than Apple needs Adobe. This won’t happen overnight though as Adobe is basically offering publishers the new Flash Media Server 4.5.

It is not exactly cheap though as it will set publishers back a cool $4,500 but Adobe stated “With Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers now have a single, simple workflow for delivering content using the same stream to Flash-enabled devices or to the Apple iPhone and iPad”.

Now content providers using the new Flash Media Server 4.5 only have to import their media into it, and the software will do all the hard work converting it to whatever platform it is needed for. Does it bother you that there is currently no Flash on the iPhone?

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