Apple, Adobe Headed for Court Over Apple SDK Changes?

Lora Bentley

If the rumors are true, Apple may soon be facing yet another lawsuit.

 

The Register reports Adobe has plans to sue the Cupertino, Calif., company for blocking iPhone and iPad apps that are translated from Adobe's Flash and other languages of which Apple doesn't approve. According to writer Cade Metz, the company has "not only barred native Flash from the iPhone and iPad, but also put the kibosh on Flash apps repackaged for use with Apple's APIs."

 

It's the latest in the feud between Apple and Adobe that began when Apple CEO Steve Jobs called Flash "buggy," and "a CPU hog" while bemoaning its numerous security holes.

 

Metz says Adobe refuses to comment on the possibility of an upcoming lawsuit even though representatives told The Register last week the company was looking into the matter. If there is a lawsuit in the works, I'd be hard-pressed to imagine how the issues would be framed unless it's some variation on unfair competition. But that's pure speculation. We'll have to wait and see if the lawsuit even materializes in the first place.

 

For a company that appears to be doing so well, Apple sure does make a lot of enemies.



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