The article linked at the bottom of this post is a more balanced version of what I’ve read on sites like boygenius report, which was much more anti-Apple. I will look for the little tidbit that Adobe’s CTO wrote later, too, which is quite interesting.
The two quoted sections below frame the entire discussion, I think. Both companies are basically trying to work within closed systems on a single, dominant platform. The iPhone and iPad block out Flash, which is an established, dominant media option. Adobe needs to have Flash work with iPhones and iPads.
The resulting issue, then, is whether “people,” whether Adobe or independent developers, start working on more open platforms.
Narayen said Apple’s criticism reflects an attempt to protect its way of doing business. “This has nothing to do with the technology,” he said. “It’s not a technology decision, it’s a business model: a closed, proprietary business model, with complete control, as opposed to having open innovation drive what happens across devices.”
Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris disagreed. “Someone has it backwards,” she said in an e-mailed statement. It’s HTML5 and other standards supported by the iPhone and iPad “that are open and standard, while Adobe’s Flash is closed and proprietary.”