Built-in flashlight function in OS4 beta4?

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  1. mrblack927 macrumors 6502a

    mrblack927

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    Hi all,
    Sorry if this has been mentioned already, but I couldn't find anything in the search and wanted to know if this was just me...

    I have OS4 Beta4 installed and when triple-tap the sleep button from the lock screen it activates an all white screen with seemingly no purpose. I'm wondering if Apple decided to build in a "flashlight" function to put to rest all of those tired flashlight apps in the app store... or if this is simply a test function that will be removed when it leaves beta.

    Can anyone else confirm this in OS4?
     
  2. funrush macrumors regular

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    Do you have a 3G or a 3GS? My 3G just locks when I triple click the home button.
     
  3. blancoBronco macrumors 6502a

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    the OP said that its when the home button is triple clicked at the lock screen, so its already locked
     
  4. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Actually, he said it was the sleep/wake button (sometimes called the power button) that he pressed, not the home button.
     
  5. mrblack927 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, yes, I meant the sleep/wake button. I lock my phone so that it's at the lock screen, and then press the sleep/wake button 3 times rapidly. The screen just goes solid white. Then when I press the sleep/wake button or the home button again, it goes back to normal (the lock screen in this case).

    I have a 16gb 3GS by the way.
     
  6. blancoBronco macrumors 6502a

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    either way, the phone is already locked
     
  7. vizkiz macrumors 6502a

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    Just realized something.
    This may create a white screen on the 3G and 3GS, but on the 4th gen, it'll probably light up the LED on the back of the phone. I guess we have to wait and see. I'm surprised nobody else on Beta 4 has answered yet. I just saw this video on 9to5Mac and it reminded me of this thread:
    http://9to5mac.com/node/17415
     
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    As someone with an unrooted Nexus One (google doesn't allow this functionality natively) who has always wanted to use his LED as a flash, I welcome this addition if it comes through. It would be massively useful for me.
     
  9. GollumBoy macrumors regular

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    I think it maybe a bug, as i'm running OS 4 Beta 4 3GS 32GB, it doesn't work.
    Had it happened once just by pressing sleep once to unlock phone.

    Is it consistent for you?
     
  10. GFSarah macrumors regular

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    On my 3GS, beta 4, I can confirm that I see this as well. I can't speak for a 3G, but I tried it on my 2nd gen. touch, and it works the same there. Interesting find, and hopefully intended as a quick-access flashlight -- not a bug.
     
  11. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816

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    perhaps it's an incomplete accesibility control like the 3GS?
     
  12. InsiderApps macrumors member

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    I'm running OS 4 beta 4 and this does not happen on my 32GB 3GS, either.
     
  13. Surrix macrumors regular

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    I wonder if you're unintentionally taking screenshots. Do you have a bunch of unintended screenshots on the camera roll now? I can't reproduce this, but last time my screen went white it was from the screenshot.
     
  14. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    I can do it too wow maby it could be a flashlight but we will never know
     
  15. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    Well not never. We might know in six days...
     
  16. GFSarah macrumors regular

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    Nope. It's not taking screenshots. It seems it might be pretty functional as a flashlight function, too, because it looks like there's no time limit on it. I can do the triple-click to get the white screen and it stays white and bright until I hit the button again to take it back to the lock screen - it doesn't fade or shut off the screen when it's not been touched for a full minute (as is set in my preferences).
     
  17. Surrix macrumors regular

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    Weird. I can't reproduce this in beta 4.
     
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  20. moka macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A274b Safari/6531.22.7)

    I can confirm that this works everytime i try it.

    iPhone 3GS 32gb running beta 4.0...
     
  21. Pattycerts macrumors 6502

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    I can confirm it works for me on every attempt as well,

    32GB iPhone 3GS 4.0 beta 4
     
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  24. lorenwade macrumors 68000

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    It would be handy for the LED flash on the iPhone 4 also.
     
  25. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    I'm wondering the same thing — anybody have any updates on this?

    P.S. I wonder if the LED light on iPhone 4 can be accessed without having to have the camera lens open (e.g. for a flashlight app).
     

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