Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Apr 2010 10:47 UTC
Apple The backlash is starting to show. The most recent change in Apple's iPhone developer agreement isn't going down well. The change is clearly aimed at increasing lock-in, and seems to have little to nothing to do with anything else. While individual developers are hit hard, Adobe as a whole has been hit pretty hard too, giving rise to sentiments on the web that Adobe should abandon Mac development. I have the sneaking suspicion this is exactly what Apple is aiming for.
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by earksiinni on Sat 10th Apr 2010 12:10 UTC
earksiinni
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2009-03-27

If Apple is really pushing to chuck Adobe by the wayside, it's going to have to create some alternative for developers and designers.

Maybe somewhere in Cupertino there is an iFlash being developed?

Maybe Gnash is about to receive a huge code dump...?

</rampant half-serious speculation>

In all seriousness, why would Apple advocate HTML 5 as a replacement for Flash when HTML 5 is an open standard? Where's the lock in there? I agree with you, Thom, that Apple's other moves are pro-lock in, so why are they taking this one step back? (Or one step forward, as it were.)

Does Silverlight have a Mac version, I wonder?

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by lemur2 on Sat 10th Apr 2010 12:27 in reply to "Replacements"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

In all seriousness, why would Apple advocate HTML 5 as a replacement for Flash when HTML 5 is an open standard? Where's the lock in there?


Apple only advocate HTML5 in conjunction with the h.264 codec.

There is the lock-in right there.

Fortunately, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and IE (via the Google Chrome Frame plugin) all support HTML5/Theora, but Firefox and Opera do not support HTML5/h264 (Safari supports ONLY HTML5/h264).

There is an Opera Mini app submitted to the iPhone App Store

http://www.opera.com/press/releases/2010/03/23_3/

If Apple allow that, the iPhone/iPad would also support HTML5/Theora.

That would break Apple's attempt at lock-in.

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by google_ninja on Mon 12th Apr 2010 19:45 in reply to "RE: Replacements"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

video tag is only a very small piece of HTML5, and the video format isn't even part of the spec anymore. That may be all the blogosphere cares about at the moment, but webkit is currently the best platform for the web.

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by MollyC on Sun 11th Apr 2010 07:39 in reply to "Replacements"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Does Silverlight have a Mac version, I wonder?


Yes, there's a Mac version. But not an iPhone OS version (Jobs wouldn't allow that, for the same reasons that as he doesn't allow Flash to exist on iPhone OS).

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