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Flash and the AppStore Part 2

It seems the CEO of Adobe and I think alike. Back in July of 2010 I wrote this blog post:

I’m really getting the feeling that most people are missing the bigger unspoken point about Apple’s position on Flash: Apple does not want a revenue threat against their AppStore.

Today, Adobe CEO Shantany Narayen seems to share my point of view:

“It’s control over the app store that’s at issue here,” Narayen told Walt Mossberg, according to All Things D. We allow people to author once and get as wide as distribution as possible. …If you build in Flash, you can run the apps on other platforms.”

Flash and the AppStore

I’m really getting the feeling that most people are missing the bigger unspoken point about Apple’s position on Flash: Apple does not want a revenue threat against their AppStore.

Anyone who knows anything about Flash knows that this isn’t about Flash but the development platform it uses. That platform is sophisticated enough so that a sophisticated Flex developer could easily build a fully functioning AppStore. The store could process credit card charges and deliver applications to the iPhone in a heartbeat.

That’s the main reason why “Flash” won’t appear on the iPhone. There’s only one AppStore and it’s Apple’s. It’s also why Apple doesn’t allow Cydia on the AppStore. It does everything that the AppStore does except give Apple a cut of the revenue.

I also don’t buy the argument around Flash and the “hover/mouseover” issues. An interaction design decision is enough to ban a piece of technology? That’s pretty amazing.

If Flash is the #1 reason why Macs crash, why is it allowed on the Mac OS? I would think that if Apple were really worried about it, it would be snuffed that out on the Mac long before the iPhone came out in 2007.

This is about disallowing a potential competing AppStore that would threaten a successful business model.

Strange Omission

So I bought Delicious Library a little while back to catalog all of my books, cds, etc. It works great. One new feature is the ability to catalog gadgets. Being an iPhone owner, I happily tried to enter mine in the software and lo and behold, you can’t. After confirming with DL support, it’s not possible unless you want to just manually hack something into it instead of using your real barcode info.

Guys, the number one gadget of all time is an Apple product and you can’t easily enter it into arguably one of the premier Mac apps?

I know you use Amazon to do the product lookups but please find a way to work with the Apple store to input the iPhone. This is just bizarre and lame.