Adobe Executive Kevin Lynch Discusses Flash on Mac, iPhone, and iPad

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Feb 172010
 

BoomTown today sat down with Adobe Chief Technical Officer Kevin Lynch to discuss the relationship between Apple and Adobe and the deployment of Flash on Mac as well as the iPhone and iPad. Apple’s decision not to include Flash Player capabilities on the iPhone and now the iPad has resulted in apparent tensions between the two companies.

Lynch’s comments about Flash on the Mac indicate that the Adobe is working hard on CPU usage during video rendering, acknowledging that such tasks use more CPU cycles on the Mac than on Windows. Regarding the iPhone, Lynch defends the importance of Flash on the Web, noting that he is hopeful that the adoption of Flash capabilities on a number of smartphone platforms will help convince others such as Apple to follow suit.

Well, there’s a lot of Flash content on the Web, and so, right now about 85% of the top websites have Flash on their website. So if you want to view the whole Web, not having the ability to view Flash really is kind of limiting in terms of the experience on the devices, and so we’re really focused on making sure that we can bring the ability to view Flash content and interact with it across all of these devices…I’m hopeful in the smartphone space, for example, that as people start to see that you can get a great experience with Flash in the smartphone, for example on Android, and Palm, and Nokia, and RIM, and these other devices, that that will encourage others to adopt Flash as well on their devices.

In the interview, Lynch also discusses Adobe’s efforts on its AIR platform, which bundles the Flash runtime into applications, allowing developers to easily port their applications to a variety of platforms, including the iPhone.

[via macrumors]

Microsoft Attacks iPhone In New Windows Phone 7 Teaser Ad

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Feb 162010
 

As you would know, Microsoft unveiled its upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona yesterday.

As part of the launch, the company released a teaser video attacking the iPhone and the other touchscreen phones, which the voice-over in the video says has resulted in a “sea of sameness”.

Without mentioning the iPhone explicitly, the video speaks of the current state of smartphones where the focus has been on mobile apps
instead of the phone experience itself. Taking further potshot at iPhone’s lack of multitasking, the VO says unlike an app experience where the user has to go “in and out” of several apps, Windows Phone 7 lets users move seamlessly through integrated hubs which pulls in all the applications that a user needs at one place. Microsoft calls this a “new beginning” for smartphone platforms.

You may check out the teaser video below:

Seems like the easiest way of late for smartphone players to make headlines about their product is by attacking the iPhone and its features. However, with Windows Phone 7, Microsoft appears to have come up with a product that can pose a genuine challenge to Apple’s iPhone OS.

Having said that, smartphones running on Windows Phone 7 are expected to be launched only by the end of this year. With the new version of iPhone OS due to be unveiled in a couple of months from now, iPhone users can expect a superior product on their hands much before the Windows Phone devices are out in the market.

What do you think?

[via TechCrunch]

The new iphone 4g rumor.

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Jan 182010
 

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After last week’s roundup visual Tablet, the Frenchies over at Nowhere Else put together an iPhone 4G equivalent. While I’m not sold on their likeliness evaluations, it’s definitely a nice overview of all the crazy ideas bloggers have came up with. While I’m not sold on their likeliness evaluations, it’s definitely a nice overview of all the crazy ideas bloggers have came up with.
Check it out and tell us what you think ( click to enlarge )
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[Via Appadvice.com]

Jan 162010
 

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A new report suggests that iPhone OS 4.0 could be close to release, months before it would normally be expected. Apple has heretofore only released new firmware with new phone models. However, CNET reports that a “prominent” app developer says he’s got the new SDK and has updated his app already. In the past, Apple has provided developer previews in March for new OS versions that are then released in June or July.

Rick Broida, who writes iPhone Atlas for CNET, noted today that he had gotten an email from a dev claiming that he’s got a hold of iPhone OS 4.0:

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iPhone OS 4.0 is imminent. At least, that’s the only conclusion I can draw from an e-mail I just received from a prominent app developer.

The message includes the following snippet: “Just wanted to give you a heads up that we’ve submitted an updated app for the new iPhone OS 4.0 software.”
Rumers have swirled ahead of the expected Apple tablet announcement later this month. An event – which is still unscheduled and unconfirmed – is supposedly going to happen at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with the date variously being set as January 26 or January 27. The French site Mac4Ever said that the tablet announcement would be accompanied by an announcement of aniPhone 4.0 beta, which is purported to include a “simulator” mode that would allow apps to be run on larger screens. Some developers were said to have been given beta SDKs ahead of the announcement so that they could prepare demos to be shown at the event.

The website iPodNN had noted speculation on Wednesday that the iPhone OS update was being held back until the tablet was announced because the build contained too many references to the still-unannounced device.
Via modmyi.com
image via Cult of Mac

Apple will introduce Iphone 4g in April?

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Jan 132010
 

new Iphone concept.

KT, the second largest mobile carrier in South Korea, indicates that Apple may launch its fourth generation iPhone as early as April.

The KoreaTimes has heard that talks over sales volumes are underway and that KT is set to sell the new devices to its bigger local corporate clients as a “litmus test” in April. It plans to provide the new iPhones to local distributors in June.

“We don’t see any bigger hurdle to introduce 4G iPhones here, as legal issues were completely cleared. It’s possible to launch the devices within the first half,” a high-ranking KT executive told The Korea Times, asking not to be identified.

“Still, there are some 3G iPhone stocks. But KT and Apple have reached a broad consensus to introduce the advanced models as early as possible,” according to the executive.

The 4G iPhones will reportedly be equipped with OLED screens, live video chat functionality, dual core processors, more powerful graphic chips, as well as higher video resolutions and better “still” images. A removable battery is also highly likely.

If this report is accurate, Apple may be trying to counter the rush of new smartphones such as the Google Nexus One device.

[Via iClarifie