That’s right, you read the headline correctly. Despite all the Silicon Valley drama (emphasis on the ‘d’, there) surrounding Adobe and Apple, the Flash-flinging chief executive has been quoted by a UK newspaper as stating that for Apple, “[Adobe's] doors are open.”
Speaking with The Sunday Telegraph, Adobe chief (and ex-Apple employee) Shantanu Narayen stated that Adobe and Apple can still work together, if Steve will allow it.
However, as far as Narayen is concerned, from a business point of view there’s only one reason why Apple hasn’t invited its former-friend to the party: control. Speaking of Apple, he stated:
Their behavior can be explained as them wanting to control the environment. We’re living in a very interesting environment. It’s the future of mobile that’s at stake here and there are different strategies that companies are taking.
When questioned about the future of the two companies’ working relationship, Narayen simply stated:
Our doors are open. You will have to ask them about their part.
It’s interesting, I think, to hear that Adobe has taken the moral high-ground with these statements. It would have been easy for the company to get very catty and throw a few comments about regarding Apple’s “closed-off” way of running things, but Narayen didn’t.
Even so, it’s still very fair to say that Apple isn’t going to be implementing Flash on its iDevices any time soon, if ever. As Apple’s (and the Internet’s) move to HTML5 becomes more and more of a concrete reality, many are left wondering how Steve’s radical decision is going to affect iDevice users in the long run. Can the web catch up with HTML5, or are we forever going to be crippled at the hands of Apple’s “scorning” of Adobe Flash?
If you’re finding Flash too hard a drug to give up, be sure to check out our article on Frash: the jailbreaker’s solution to getting Flash on an iPhone.