With Sony still licking the wounds of their recent rejection of their Reader app from Apple's iTunes App Store, it's understandable why feelings might be a little raw between the the two companies. If a report from Australian publication The Age is correct, relations between the two tech giants may stand to get a whole lot worse in the months to come.
You knew that the peace couldn't last forever. When word hit the street last week that installing Adobe's Flash software on the latest iteration of the MacBook Air could shave off upwards of two hours of battery life, Apple unwittingly awoke Adobe's sleeping dogs of war... or at the very least restarted the Flash-or-no-Flash slap-fight anew.
It might not be the kiss and make up scene we've been hoping for, but at the very least it could mean the end of the open hostility that we've all been subjected to as of late. Despite months of bitter words being fired back and forth between the two companies over Steve Jobs' disdain for, and subsequent snubbing of, Adobe's Flash and application development tools, it seems that the software manufacturer may be ready to move on.
Earlier this year, the Apple versus Adobe slap fight over Apple's smack-talk about Flash and Adobe's retaliatory sniping fast became one of our favorite spectator sports. However, with all of the hooplah over both company's latest product launches and financial successes has made the feud moot. Fortunately, thanks to a bit of investigative reporting on the part of Wired, we've learned that the hard feelings between the two companies are still alive and well.
Recently, Wired received a communique from the Federal Trade Commision, under the Feedom of Information Act, for a 200-page complaint filed by Adobe against Apple regarding the Cupertino-based company's iOS SDK rules. You may recall that Steve Jobs, whose dislike of Flash is now near legendary, is also none too fond of third-party development tools.
Well, this should come as no surprise to veteran viewers of the continuing Apple versus Adobe slap-fight, but Apple has omitted the latest version of Flash in their 10.6.4 Snow Leopard update.
According to Macnn, Tuesday's 10.6.4 update included Flash Player 10.0.45.2--a version of Flash Player that has been available since February. Version 10.1 of Flash Player was made available last week and boasts a number of security fixes and interface tweaks.