iPhone flashlight

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by taptic, Dec 29, 2012.

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    taptic

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    Hi

    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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    Insulin Junkie

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    Bad, as in bad for your battery? Then, yes. ;)
    For the LED, not so much.
     
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    sagar4995

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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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    taptic

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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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    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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    vastoholic

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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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    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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    F123D

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    I used to do this with my jailbroken iPhone. Was very convenient.
     
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    sulpfiction

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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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    ucfgrad93

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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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    Jordan921

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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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    PNutts

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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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