Adobe has stated in the past that they intended to port Flash over to the iPhone, but Apple has continued to stand in their way, and for a while we had thought they had given up. As it turns out, they didn't, and have now revealed that Flash for the iPhone is nearly ready and waiting for Apple to give the 'OK'.
Classes on developing for the iPhone in one way or another have been popping up around the US, even though the strict NDA attached to the iPhone SDK remains in place. The NDA indirectly prohibits the sharing of information on how to write code for the iPhone, but that's not stopping North London's Qantm College from introducing their own iPhone Game Development course.
Apple has posted the next build of the iPhone SDK to their iPhone Developer Center for download. The new version is targeted at getting apps ready for the final version of the iPhone/iPod touch software v2.1. While they didn't offer much in the way of details, one source did note that the included document refers to iPhone OS 2.1.1, causing us to wonder if there could be another update on the way soon.
One of the many restrictions the iPhone SDK imposes is that apps aren't allowed to communicate with third party hardware connected to the device, meaning, among other things, no hardware game controller add-ons. However, that may be about to change. According to Touch Arcade, a diagram of an unknown game controller add-on is actually a legitimate future product in the works from Belkin.
We've been waiting for copy and paste on the iPhone for a long, long time, but despite our pleas, Apple still says that it's not at the top of their list of priorities. In the meantime, a very creative college student by the name of Zak White has created his own alternative that looks to be the first viable copy/paste solution between multiple apps that doesn't interfere with Apple's SDK.
The NDA looming over iPhone app development has been causing developers a lot of frustration. It's viewed by many to be largely unnecessary, and blocks open collaboration among developers, limiting the resources at their disposal. But there may be a reason for Apple to be doing all of this.
Even before the iPhone 2.0 software was released to the masses, rumors were circulating that 2.0.1 was already in the works. It looks like they have a little more in store than just a routine update, as they have seeded a beta version of iPhone 2.1 Firmware (Beta 1, Build 5F90) to developers.
So the App Store is great. It gives the hundreds of developers who didn't want to take their time developing for an unofficial software platform the ability to publish apps for the iPhone and iPod touch. But it's still far from perfect, and the restrictions involved with the SDK are beginning to prove that we really can't do without hacking after all.
Late Thursday, Apple released beta 8 (build 9m2199) of its iPhone/iPod touch software developer kit while beta certificates issued before June 9th also expired. The beta, a 1.25 gigabyte download, includes iPhone firmware version 5a345 and according to sources, improves stability as well as mentions a developer-only version of iTunes 7.7, which developers can use to "install iPhone OS Beta 8 on your Apple devices."