Blinking light above earpiece iphone 4S

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aphexacid, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. aphexacid macrumors 6502a

    aphexacid

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    I was just about to record me doing something on my 4S with an old canon digi cam, and immediately noticed a blinking light above the earpiece. thats the proximity sensor isnt it?

    it blinks all the time when the phone is awake.

    I went and grabbed my old 3GS and it doesnt do this....

    is this normal?

    I cant find any info on it except this guys video. this is exactly what happens.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbt4LHYVKZs
     
  2. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

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    It's the Siri raise to speak feature

    I have it turned off.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    That is the proximity sensor. If you have Raise to Speak turned on in the Siri settings, it is always on. Some people are reporting that it is always on, even if Raise to Speak is turned off. My 4S does not exhibit this behavior.
     
  4. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    The proximity sensor. It emits an infrared light that reflects back to indicate the phone is being held up to your ear. This disables the display during a phone call.



    Oops, everyone answered at once. :)
     
  5. aphexacid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    but i dont even have siri turned on...

    When i got this 4S as a replacement, i never even bothered turning siri on at all.

    Should i try turning siri on, then disabling raise to speak, then turn off siri?
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    That would be a good thing to try.
     
  7. aphexacid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, i just tried enabling siri, turning off raise to speak. Its still blinking. Then i disabled siri again, still blinking.

    I wonder if this has any kind of impact on battery life?
     
  8. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030

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    What you need to do us enable Siri, turn raise to speak off then turn Siri off and restart your phone.
     
  9. aphexacid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    aw man, you're the best!

    I did't even do those enable/disable steps again since i already did them when i posted earlier. I just rebooted my 4s and its gone now!

    I made a phone call to confirm that it does come on when you're on the phone and it came on normally, and then turned itself off when i ended the call.
     

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