I can see the IR?

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  1. Jasonstevens, Nov 9, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2017

    Jasonstevens macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2013
    Can anyone else see the IR flashes coming from the notch at night?

    I was purchasing an app and saw the red flashes coming from the notch and thought it was just a reflection. Then tested it but double tapping the Siri button to bring up Apple Pay and was again able to see the lights.

    Is everyone able to see IR or do I just have weird eyes? I always assumed it was invisible to the human eye.

    This isn’t a complaint or anything just genuinely curious if anyone else can see it.

    Edit: it seems whatever sensor is on the left has three different segments to it. Two that flash while the top stays on. Interesting to watch.
  2. Diorama macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2017
  3. Jasonstevens thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2013
    Can’t wait to be part of the Ten-Men
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Some digital cameras can view IR via their viewfinder. I can see the IR signal on my TV remote when using a digital camera.
  5. masciam macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2011
    I can see it too. Lower your screen birghtness, cover the screen with something opaque so that only the notch is visible and try waking the phone.

    Anyway, whatever this is it is not IR. Maybe a status light?
  6. Diorama macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2017
    You can do the same with a lot of TV remotes. Not my field of expertise but seem to remember something about visible light being produced by some IR LEDs almost as a byproduct. Or something.
  7. Koudspeel macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2013
    I have always been able to see the IR flicker. Just lower your brightness cover up your screen and you'll be able to see it.
  8. winterny macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    To everyone who is trying to imply that humans can't see IR at all ... Humans do actually have a very weak ability to sense IR.

    The easiest way to prove this is to look at the IR LEDs for a nightvision security camera, in a completely dark room. They will be plain-as-day visible.

    It's just hard to notice IR when there is any other competing light.
  9. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Jeezus, hahaha, did you guys work that out in advance? :D
  10. Jasonstevens thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2013

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