Adobe: Apple wants “walled garden” around the web


Adobe's chief technology officer has joined in with the row between his company and Apple, claiming the iPhone maker is trying to "create a walled garden" around the web.

Speaking at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Kevin Lynch responded to Steve Jobs' latest blog post, which claimed "everyone wins" by keeping Adobe's Flash product away from the iPhone and iPad.

"The technology issue that Apple has with us is not that Flash doesn't work on the iPhone, but that it does work," he said.

"You can actually make a great Flash app that runs across operating systems, and they don't like that."

Despite Adobe's chief executive (CEO) Shantanu Narayen having already responded to Apple last week, Lynch continued his attack on Jobs' flock by questioning how the company acts, not just to Adobe, but to the web in general.

"We're facing a time where there are some who want to wall off parts of the web and need to have approval," he added.

"I don't think that's the role of a company. Apple is playing this strategy where they want to create a walled garden."

Lynch concluded his speech with a dig at Apple but a nod to the future of Adobe.

"We don't want to play technology games while Apple is playing a legal game," he said.

"Boy, there's a lot of great devices coming out, and you're going to be blown away when you see them."

Jennifer Scott

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