iPhone, You Make a Terrible Flashlight!

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by katie ta achoo, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005

    There have been horrid, terrible storms for the last few days. Why, yesterday I got flooded a block and a half away from my house. I had to pull over for 45 minutes before I could drive the 100 feet to get to my driveway. (Thanks, mysterious neighbor whose driveway I borrowed!)

    Today, though… today was fun. I had just finished closing down the registers when


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  2. CBJammin103 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    Louisiana, United States
    I've actually had great success with my iPhone as a flashlight, but this is a pretty funny way to take that to another level. :p
  3. macduke macrumors 603


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I've found the iPhone works great as a flashlight. I went camping about a month ago in southern Pennsylvania and every time the girlfriend needed to go to the bathroom at night we would head off into the wilderness with the iPhone shining the way. I would just pull up a webpage before it loads (which was easy to do since there was hardly any service at the campsite), crank the iPhone up to full brightness, and turn off the auto-brightness for some flashlight filled fun. It is much brighter then my last cell phone. Too bad there isn't a built in flash for the camera as that would work great as well.
  4. megfilmworks macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
    Works great in strange hotel rooms at night! Woke my girlfriend up it was so bright in a pitch black room.
  5. Nanaki macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2007
    I tried this... didn't think it was all too great. You know what works great? GOOGLE!
  6. fastbite macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    As the iPhone is not out in the UK yet, I'm getting by with an old boring flashlight.:(
  7. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    I turned the brightness all the way up and the iPhone before and it worked great as a flashlight for me. :confused:

    When the power goes out, you can't be picky. Of course the MacBook would make a much better flashlight but, these devices obviously aren't designed to be used as one. ;)
  8. Cleverboy macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2007
    Pocket Universe, nth Dimensional Complex Manifold
    I just talked with a friend about this the other day. Turn the brightness all the way up, and go to a web page that is mostly white, and you're perfectly fine. I don't know if these images will help narrow the beam, but my friend (who's Ericcson had a Flashlight in it) had to agree completely, that the iPhone "flash light" (without the images) worked perfectly well (brightness turned up). His phone does SOS too (morse code). Honestly speaking, this needs to just be a native app, that can temorarily reset the brightness controls, etc.

    ~ CB
  9. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    Funnily enough my torch (flashlight) is no good as a phone...
  10. PowerFullMac macrumors 601


    Oct 16, 2006
    So if you just get a plain white image it will work just fine as well? I agree it would be easy for a programmer to easily make a app that shows up plain white and temporarily turns up the brightness to full.
  11. SirOmega macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2006
    Las Vegas
    I used my iPhone as a flashlight this weekend, on the way to and from the bathroom from my hotel bed. Ugh, that'll teach me to drink entirely too much...
  12. bobobo macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2007
    The iPhone isn't a $800 phone.

    "So, I get home and google iPhone flashlight, just for giggles. The best thing ever came up: iPhone flashlight. "

    Why didn't you just check it up on your iPhone.

  13. bdj21ya macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    I don't really see the point of the images at all. When you want a flashlight, just turn the brightness all the way up-then leave it on that page (the brightness page is plenty close enough to white, AND then you don't have to go anywhere to turn it back down.)

    This picture thing is way too many complicated steps. If you don't want full brightness, just turn the brightness up less, and you cut off several steps over doing it using these pictures.

    However, I think I just found the application that could get me into native development. I think I'll look into how easy this would be as soon as I have some free time.
  14. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Really? I'd call up the manufacturer right away, sounds like it's defective! ;) :p :D
  15. amemoryoncelost macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    on set

    Was filming for two nights in the woods for this indie film I'm working on and didn't have one of the head lamps most people use. We had about a 200 yard path to walk down, kind of by a river. iPhone performed wonderfully. Brightness all the way up and a white page like everyone else. No need for silly images I think, but eh....
  16. dfnj123 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    including tax and monthly bill, hell yes it's worth $800
  17. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    I'm going to start a class action - who's with me?
  18. gregdrummeraz macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    Glendale, az
    it is so you cant cheat

    when you play hide n seek or like sardines... I am sick of people using there phones as cheating devices in the game... I brought it up to apple. they promised me they would make things good for me!!!

    sorry this one is my fault


    what was the final resort of the power?
  19. xfsasx macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
  20. bdj21ya macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    But this doesn't automatically change the brightness, does it?

    That's what the app ought to do.
  21. A Pittarelli macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2007
    thats like the "flash" on a computer web cam, the screen just brightens for a sec
  22. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Geez, it can do all that cool stuff, but it sure makes a cruddy flashlight. :rolleyes:
  23. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    It makes a better flashlight than my two previous options (razr or nano)
  24. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2005
    Mine works great for that for finding my way from my room door to the bed at night. Other than that though that's about all I use it for.
  25. louiek macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2006
    Knutters Knoll, Melbourne

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