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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:25 AM   #1
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iPhone flashlight

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I saw a guy with an app that turned his camera flash into a flashlight that stays on. Is this bad for the flash LED light thingy?
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:27 AM   #2
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Bad, as in bad for your battery? Then, yes.
For the LED, not so much.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:28 AM   #3
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i dont think so. i've been using a flashlight app since 3 years now... no issues reported. ofcourse, i dont use it for hours together, but every now n then when needed.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:40 AM   #4
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So it won't ruin the light bulb?
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:42 AM   #5
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I don't think enough people have used their flashlights for that long to figure this out.. You'll probably have to keep it on for quite some time for it to "burn out"...

I have that app, but i rarely use it. it's mainly for emergencies..
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:58 AM   #6
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If the LED burns out within the first year, you get a replacement phone, or they fix it, so dont worry about it.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:13 AM   #7
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You don't even need an app. Open the camera, switch to video. Turn on flash. Done.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:31 AM   #8
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They should add an option in the lock screen to turn the light on , like they have with the camera



That would be nice
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:55 AM   #9
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They should add an option in the lock screen to turn the light on , like they have with the camera



That would be nice
I used to do this with my jailbroken iPhone. Was very convenient.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:47 AM   #10
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Been using a flashlight app since the iPhone came with a flash. I use it almost daily and never had a single problem. In super shocked ur just discovering this now. I'd bet 95% of all smartphones (not just iPhone) on the planet have some flashlight app installed.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:52 AM   #11
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I have a flashlight app on my iPhone. I don't use it that often, but it is handy when I do need to.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 09:58 AM   #12
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I'm sure in the long run yes but if you only use it occasionally for emergencies it'll be ok.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:38 PM   #13
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I assume Apple considered the LED being on for extended periods (heat dissapation being the primary concern IMHO). LEDs themselves are generally considered to have a lifespan 50,000 hours so "burning it out" is not a concern. I use mine as a flashlight whenever I need to for as long as I need to.
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