Apple Watch flashlight?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Trius, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. Trius macrumors 6502a

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    I was thinking about different ways the Apple Watch could be used in place of pulling your iPhone out of your pocket. One thing I find myself using constantly is the flashlight function on my iPhone. It seems like the watch would be a perfect place for this function. The obvious battery life concerns aside, I hope we see this in later revisions. Imagine pressing the crown in, for instance, and the center of the crown could contain an LED for the flashlight. Or maybe you would shake your wrist for light.

    Anyone else think this would be an awesome (obvious?) addition to the watch?
     
  2. Mobster1983 macrumors 6502

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    I suppose it would be extremely easy for a developer to make a simple app that lights up the screen bright white with a single push of the icon. I do not think there would be a flashlight unless and until Apple puts a camera with flash on the watch, which is very unlikely in the near future.
     
  3. Natzoo macrumors 65816

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    2nd gen will have it for sure. And it will be thinner, be more useful
     
  4. Julien macrumors G3

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    The only thing "for sure" is you are using "for sure" wrong since it IS impossible for you to know "for sure".
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    For sure.
     
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Oh no.

    Now there'll be hundreds of flashlight / mood-lighting apps for the Apple Watch, too.
     
  7. Technodynamic macrumors 6502

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    I photoshopped a concept a couple months back. I think its a good idea.

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I don't think Apple Watch battery likes that idea.
     
  10. Technodynamic macrumors 6502

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    If you only used the flashlight for the 10 seconds, maybe minute or two it would have almost no impact. reading a book under your sheets with it would be a problem though.

    times I use my iphone for 10 seconds or less:

    -key in front door at night
    -connecting USB on my PC under desk
    -searching for fallen item that's dimly lit

    I personally think it would be handy.
     
  11. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Would not a single LED use less power than a screen backlight?

    Actually the moment this was mentioned, I thought of an episode of Star Trek Voyager where the screw beamed down to a cavern of sleeping aliens, and they had wrist Torches :)

    I can't remember the episode to find it though :(
     
  12. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Possible. That is something I didn't think of. It would be a cool idea if it didn't drain battery horrible.
     
  13. k3ith macrumors regular

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    This, to me, actually sounds like a killer feature.
     
  14. troop231 macrumors 603

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    The episode name is: 'Waking Moments' :) But only Chakotay beamed down, and I'm not sure what wrist torches you're talking about?

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Good find, but that's not the episode I mean.

    I may be wrong thinking it's voyager.

    It was a small cave.
    The aliens were odd creatures sitting in a circle
    But like they were not really awake
    They were out if phase so normally you could not see them
    They modified something so you were put into the same phase as them
    You then saw blue swirling light being eaten by them taken from the humans.
    Fir some reason I think there was some old west scenario going on Los, like a fake world.
    When they first beamed into the cave at the start, but could not see the aliens they had wrist torches I'm sure

    Ring any bells ?
     
  16. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Yes, and maybe it's sad that the title of the episode instantly popped in my head: 'Time's Arrow' of The Next Generation. I'm a walking ST encyclopedia lol. :eek: Although I'm not sure if I can make out any wrist worn torches.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Technodynamic macrumors 6502

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    If the digital crown could also act as a button... hold the crown in for 3 seconds and the light goes on, tap again to turn off.

    I WANT IT!
     
  18. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    You need to get out more bro! :D

    Mind you, I'd be the same on SW!

    To get back on track, yes I think a watch with a torch would be useful. Useful enough to buy it over a £2.99 keychain? Probably not.
     
  19. Trius thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is pretty much exactly what I was imagining. I would use it all the time.
     
  20. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    I do not think those words mean what he thinks they mean.
     
  21. Julien macrumors G3

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    I think it'd be a useful feature, but I personally think it'd ruin the look of the device. With such a small device, putting an LED there draws too much attention in my opinion. Just another circumstance of form over function, for me.
     
  23. EthanLMT macrumors regular

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    You may also better able to use the pulse LEDs
     
  24. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Dam.....

    I can picture it in my mind now.

    I'll have to do a better job of remembering the scene.

    When I do I'll let you know, But I remember the wrist/watch/torch image.
    Perhaps it was at the start of one of the films?

    I'm sure it was near the very beginning of whatever it was and was Star Trek.
     
  25. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Is this it?
    http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/SIMs_beacon
     

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