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Flash for the iPhone, closer to actuality

While Adobe has been at work on a Flash Player for the iPhone at least since last March (Wall Street Journal: Adobe Working on Media Player for iPhone), the effort has sounded one-sided, with Apple’s Steve Jobs panning the player for running “too slowly for the iPhone,” and describing Flash’s slimmed down mobile cousin, Flash Lite, as not “capable enough to be used with the Web.” Jobs wants something that isn’t such a resource hog as the desktop plugin, but is more capable than the current Flash Lite (which has yet to offer anything more than ActionScript 2.0 support).

That wish may be sooner than ever to reality, as Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen said in a recent interview that “Apple and Adobe are collaborating,” and that “the ball is in our court. The onus is on us to deliver.” Apple’s receptivity to the development of a tailored Flash Player for the iPhone is a promising indicator that rich interactivity may soon be delivered to the iPhone through ActionScript in addition to Objective-C.