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Apple may have just escalated its battle with Adobe, and Wired Magazine’s expected iPad app may have been caught in the crossfire. As noted by John Gruber at Daring Fireball, the release of the iPhone 4.0 operating system beta Thursday included an update to Apple’s developer agreement. New wording in section 3.3.1 appears to limit the programming languages iPhone and iPad developers can use when developing apps for Apple devices. That limitation, if accurate, would restrict Adobe’s plan to create apps using the AIR framework and then convert them to an Apple-friendly format for distribution in the iTunes store.
At the top of the list of companies pursuing that strategy with Adobe is Wired Magazine. The Conde Nast property has been working since last year to develop a multiple-tablet publishing strategy that has Adobe’s AIR framework at its core. Peter Kafka at All Things Digital asked Apple, Adobe and Conde Nast for comment. “Here’s Adobe’s response, via spokesman Russell Brady: ‘Can’t say that much at the moment other than that we are aware of the new SDK [software development kit] language and are looking into it. We continue to develop our Packager for iPhone OS technology, which we plan to debut in Flash CS5.’ “