Adobe AIR does not appear in the App Store - this is Australia, on an iPad 2.

Are there geographic restrictions - surely it isn't sideloaded?

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    Why would there be Air for iPad anyway? Where did you hear this...
    – Odinulf
    Aug 22, 2011 at 14:05
  • What is the function that you need to perform on the iPad 2 that would require a program like Adobe Air?
    – user9290
    Aug 22, 2011 at 21:53
  • The sliderocket offline player is an AIR app.
    – Paul
    Aug 23, 2011 at 22:30
  • @Odinulf From Adobe: adobe.com/products/air/systemreqs
    – Paul
    Aug 23, 2011 at 23:35
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    I agree - and I am the op. The post to stackoverflow initially was simply an error as I didn't pay attention to which stack I was logged into.
    – Paul
    Aug 25, 2011 at 22:23

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You don't.

There aren't geographic restrictions: there are universal restrictions. As is the case with Flash—or pretty much anything that can interpret arbitrary code—Apple is not going to allow Air onto iOS.

  • Yup, I am pretty sure you can't.
    – daviesgeek
    Aug 22, 2011 at 13:36
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    Adobe don't appear to be aware of this: adobe.com/devnet/air/articles/whats-new-in-air-26.html and system requirements: adobe.com/products/air/systemreqs
    – Paul
    Aug 23, 2011 at 22:30
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    If I understand this correctly, Adobe's AIR development tools let you generate iPhone apps. These would be self-contained—you wouldn't install AIR on an iOS device and run an AIR app on top of that. And it's dependent on the developer choosing to target iOS in the first place.
    – Adam Rice
    Aug 23, 2011 at 23:45
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    It looks like the AIR runtime is actually embedded into each ios app according to the developer release notes.
    – Paul
    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:41

Given your comment on Adam Rice's answer. I believe that you're mistaken about how one would use Air with an iOS device.

You don't actually put Air on the device. You write your app with Air, then use Adobe's packager to turn it into a native iOS app.

  • Sure. It is only native in the sense that the AIR runtime and AIR app are not separate. If you read the developer notes you will find the AIR runtime is packaged in with the AIR app. This was a sensible compromise.
    – Paul
    Aug 25, 2011 at 22:21
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    @Paul - No, Apple doesn't allow alternative runtimes. What you write in Air gets compiled down to Objective C.
    – bahamat
    Aug 25, 2011 at 23:53

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