Are We Going to Pretend the Front-Facing Flash Is a Feature?

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  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    Seriously, it's just embarrassing to see a feature that could've been added to any iPhone that can run iOS 9 and function exactly the same advertised as one of the selling points of new hardware.
     
  2. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    are you going to keep making threads about the things YOU don't like about iPhone 6s?
     
  3. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I haven't seen it get much attention beyond a small mention in reviews.
     
  4. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It's not that I don't like it; I find it a bit ridiculous that Apple didn't just add this to iOS 9.

    I plan on buying a 6s, by the way.
     
  5. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It's one of the main selling points of the commercial for it.
     
  6. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    did you watch the keynote?

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    according to Apple: "Retina Flash is powered by an innovative technology — a custom display chip that allows the display to flash three times brighter than usual."
     
  7. OrionsByte macrumors regular

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    The only supposed difference is that they say they can drive the display brightness 3x normal for purposes of the flash, which older models could not do. I've had apps that have used the screen as a flash before, this will be a little better. Is it a marquee feature? Nah, but it's not nothin'.
     
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    Would be interesting to see a side by side comparison between a photo from a 6, with an app that flashes the screen, and a 6s.
     
  9. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ok, I don't remember this from the keynote but I will admit this nullifies the thread. I didn't realize the display can flash three times brighter.
     
  10. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    I remember you said you are going to buy one but I seriously don't understand why. If you are going to pick it apart and question whether every feature is legitimate, why not just go with the S6?
     
  11. YinYangERR macrumors newbie

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    I imagine they had to use special types of LEDs as well to prevent them from burning out. These are the two reasons it is not in other iPhones.

    Sure, there is software changes, but this is largely a hardware change as well. It's not "Snapchat flash", as much as it is "Snapchat flash" with tone matching + supported by special hardware.
     
  12. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    Yes, that was mentioned in the keynote. Apple could still have implemented a regular version in iOS 9, but you know, we're talking about Apple ;)
     
  13. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Even if it had some major defect the iPhone still has a better OS and quality hardware so I'd go with the iPhone either way. Even if one feature is (or probably isn't) superior on the S6 I would still go with the iPhone.
     
  14. MikesGravity macrumors 6502

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    Would you not want to advertise anything you could to sell your product? I don't think it can be done on other iPhones because it overclocks the screen and I assume there is some prep needed to be done to the hardware.
     
  15. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    i remember the video or slide during the keynote, it was a special chip in the iphone6s just for this purpose
     
  16. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Is anyone else hoping this means there's a superior backlight and thus a better display?
     
  17. Gathomblipoob macrumors 68040

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    And once again, lack of research wastes more server space. :)
     
  18. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Honestly I didn't realize it was a hardware feature as well -- I just figured it's the same as the Mac photo booth flash.
     
  19. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    Annnnnnnd another post for the wasteland.
     
  20. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    I completely agree with you and I like your thinking. I would suggest you actually spend some time with the device before further questioning of new features. :)
     
  21. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    here's the video @1 hour 50 minute mark
    phil shows the chip for the flash
     
  22. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt they needed a dedicated chip..

    Snapchat allows for front flash
     
  23. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    but 3 times brighter ohh forget it I'm out

    cant wait till Friday
     
  24. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

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    You're falling for marketing.
     
  25. YinYangERR macrumors newbie

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    Go read the other posts.

    To sum them up: This is a hardware feature. Snapchat sets screen to max brightness, that's not what Apple is doing. Apple is using a special flash mode on the backlight LEDs triggered and regulated by a special chip (likely to prevent led damage) to boost brightness momentarily to 3x the brightness. This is not a typical "Snapchat flash", though it borrows some ideas and backs them with new hardware made for the task.
     

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