In October, we told you Adobe had been working on a version of Flash for the iPhone and was hoping Apple would approve it for distribution through the iTunes App Store. This software would, presumably, have allowed users to view Flash media in a standalone application and possibly Flash portions of web sites in Safari.
Well, it now appears Adobe’s Flash will come to the iPhone, possibly as part of an OS update rather than a user-selected download in the App Store.
AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is currently working with Adobe to bring Flash to the iPhone. Flash, which is available for PCs and many handhelds, would need to work with Safari in order to have real value for users, a functionality that would be questionable if the software were a separate download given Apple’s current third-party software guidelines. As part of an OS upgrade, however, Flash could work with Safari and other iPhone software.
"It’s a hard technical challenge, and that’s part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating," Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said in an interview with Bloomberg. "The ball is in our court. The onus is on us to deliver."
Many users (count us among them) have been clamoring for Flash support on the iPhone since its release in 2007.