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Another take on the Flash Wars

April 9, 2010

Its very difficult to view the feud between Apple and Adobe sans the bad blood.

However, Apple has recently made a statement that seems to indicate that its recent announcement regarding OS4’s incompatibility with Adobe Flash has to do with OS4’s multi-tasking skillz.

The primary reason for the change, say sources familiar with Apple’s plans, is to support sophisticated new multitasking APIs in iPhone 4.0. The system will now be evaluating apps as they run in order to implement smart multitasking. It can’t do this if apps are running within a runtime or are cross compiled with a foreign structure that doesn’t behave identically to a native C/C++/Obj-C app.

“[The operating system] can’t swap out resources, it can’t pause some threads while allowing others to run, it can’t selectively notify, etc. Apple needs full access to a properly-compiled app to do the pull off the tricks they are with this new OS,” wrote one reader under the name Ktappe.

This could mean that Apple really cannot afford to have Flash based apps on its platform if the OS4 is really going to be able to deliver on its ability to multi-task – OS4’s saving grace.

Anyway, just food for thought.

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