Hmm... I've been doing more research, and I'm unsure whether to go down this new path or not.
I was excited about the idea at first because it seemed that I could just use Flash to make games like I always have, and then they'd be supported on the iPhone if I exported them as apps using Flash CS5... But it doesn't seem to be that simple.
I've been reading conflicting things about whether the app store accepts such things, for one thing; some things have said that Apple banned them, other things said that the ban was no longer in effect, and I'm not sure what's true these days.
It seems though that apps made in things like Flash - which isn't really designed for that purpose - run poorly or something, and they're less likely to pass the approval process and, well, it all sounds like a lot of difficulty and hassle.
So if I want to make iPhone/iPod Touch apps, then I'll need to actually acquire a Mac for like £1000, pay a $100US developer fee, buy an iPod Touch (£200) or iPhone (£500), and learn an entirely new programming language called Objective-C which isn't even very similar at all to the AS3 I've just spent months mastering. Ugghhhh.
I wonder then whether it's worth my time... I mean, maybe I SHOULD move towards making apps, since it could be far more profitable than what I do now, but then again maybe my apps wouldn't even be popular ANYWAY since I'd struggle to make things that are truly appealing to the casual audiences... So I don't know.
I'm willing to think about it rather than dismissing the idea, but it would be costly and quite a lot of work, not to mention being a gamble. It'd delay my progress significantly, so I'd likely not release anything for ages.
I suppose if I did that, though, maybe I could consider the apps to be my 'work' and I can make Flash games as a hobby? Maybe? I want to finish Miasmon, anyway, and maybe work on Beast Signer, in Flash...
So I'll have to think about what to do next.
Also, some people asked me why I said I didn't like Apple, or made assumptions about me disliking them due to them doing everything just to make money, so I'll try and explain my opinion a bit.
For one thing, I didn't even know that they *did* do things just for the money; that's not something that I'm familiar with. Instead, I just dislike their image, their 'attitude', and the attitudes and reasons behind buying their products.
Apple is *trendy* and *cool*; this should be obvious to most people. My step-dad is the type who likes to think he's 40 years younger than he is, that he's cool and can relate to young people or something, and he got a Mac a few years ago, motivated by this attitude, and brags about how cool it is even now. How superior it is to PCs, how all the cool designer people use them, etc.
iPods were a fad once, and people got them because other people had them, and because they were cool...
And do you remember those 'I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC' adverts? The PC was shown as a dumpy middle-aged man in a brown suit, extremely uncool, while the Mac was a casually-dressed thin younger man; obviously much cooler.
There's something very superficial about it all, like they appeal mostly to peoples' vanity or something...
I don't actually know or care much about the technicalities though, the facts like computer power or features or sales or how much the devices actually changed the world... It's like how I don't dislike America due to its politics or anything - I don't know or care about such things - but because of the 'attitude' that it shows off; the same applies to Macs and Apple. I just don't like their 'attitude', their connotations, and don't want to be a 'Mac user'.
It's a fairly 'shallow' way of thinking, I realise, but it is how my mind works, and it is why I dislike Apple. So now you know.
As I said, though, I might have to get a Mac anyway in order to make apps, in order to make money, which isn't exactly a pleasant thought, but oh well...
Anyway, we'll have to wait and see what happens. I'll be back home (and alone, oh so alone!) on Friday, just a few days from now, so when I am, I suppose that's when I'll start seriously thinking about making a decision about what to do with the next few months.