Adobe Gives In To Apple, Releases Flash-to-HTML Converter [Silicon Alley Insider]
It looks like Adobe is close to calling uncle in the battle with Apple over the lack of Flash support on its iOS devices. Apple specifically chose to omit Flash from iOS as a battery conservation measure, opting instead for the open HTML5 standard. Since Flash is so popular on the web, this left many sites missing some functionality on iOS.
Adobe has lobbied Apple for Flash's inclusion in iOS and has managed to get Flash support built-in to many manufacturers' Android devices, but iOS remains Flash-free. So, rather than continue to paddle upstream, Adobe has decided to release a tool for Flash developers to convert their content to HTML5.
Nicknamed Wallaby, Adobe's new tool takes Flash content and translates it to HTML5, which can be viewed in the web browser on the iPhone and the iPad.
With Adobe's Wallaby release, does this signal the death of Flash on the web? Adobe says it's not, because it plans to continue its Flash development platform alongside support for HTML5. But, given the proliferation of iOS devices, it's a fairly sure bet that Adobe and Flash developers couldn't afford to continue to allow these users to use web sites that have limited capabilities on their devices.