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Adobe is steaming ahead with Packager for iPhone,a recompiler of Flash applications as iOS apps - now that Apple has cleared the technology for distribution though iTunes.

Adobe dropped support for the Packager tool in Flash Professional CS5, when Apple said that Objective C was the only permitted development language. Apple recanted that position in the last few days, and Adobe reports that developers have already managed to get Flash applications approved for listing in the iTunes store.

Apple does not allow interpreters onto its iOS platform, so Adobe created the Packager tool as part of the Flash authoring package. The Packager recompiles the application to run native on iOS, fitting within the rules - so Apple changed them.

The new rules demanded developers use Objective C, so Adobe dropped support for Packager despite Apple's patchy administration of the rules (which, it turned out, only applied to Adobe).

Now Apple has had a change of heart, perhaps prompted by threats of anti-trust action, and will permit developers to work in any language they like so long as applications "surprise and delight users. Show them their world in innovative ways, and let them interact with it like never before." ®

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