iPhone 4S Mod Adds Real Flashlight to Headphone Jack

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The folks at iPatch iPods have created another hardware mod to follow up on their Backlit Apple logo from September.


    The original mod was revealed late last year, and they've since added a new feature which they describe as a "headphone jack torch". This video walks through the original glowing Apple mod and also the new headphone jack one:

    The headphone jack remains fully functional, and they are even working on a fibre optic headphone cabling that would give you illuminated cables in different colors.

    iPatch is a a third-party iPhone repair company based in the UK and can also be followed on twitter at iPatch_iPods.

    Article Link: iPhone 4S Mod Adds Real Flashlight to Headphone Jack
  2. sclawis300 macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    can it be turned off? I dont want a beam of light shooting out of my phone the entire time the screen is on. What if I am using it during a seminar or something and trying to be discreet?
  3. SkippyThorson macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2007
    Utica, NY
    These guys do the best job; I really like the Apple logo, but I'm not completely sold on the headphone jack light. Personally, I use my iPhone's flash as a flashlight without any mods, but this could be particularly useful for a more direct beam when needed.

    I'm a huge advocator of making tasteful light mods on cars; side emblems being changed into blinking turn signals, full-width tail lights under plain reflector panels, rear or front emblem / hood ornament being dimly illuminated, etc... I think the glowing Apple mod is by far the most tasteful, well-done mod that there is. Just not sold on the light beam yet. We'll see. :)
  4. d0vr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2011
    Wirelessly posted

    My thoughts exactly! I was thinking this was very cool until the vid showed it went on with the screen. Seems pointless otherwise (plenty of "torch" apps that use the camera LED).
  5. greenlogo1976 macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2010
    Well, in that case, I'd suggest you don't buy it.
  6. abnorm macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2008
    Wirelessly posted

    Do these mods just use light from the screen or actually install an extra light source?
  7. kayloh20 macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    I can imagine someone with this mod bringing in their iPhone to the Genius Bar where the Geniuses will proceed to look down the headphone jack for the water indicator while accidentally pressing the power button.
  8. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    On the other hand... it would be quite funny if you left your phone turned on in a darkened theatre, and decided to sneakily check your phone for messages mid-show. Suddenly... a beam of light shines out from the middle of the audience!

    ".....wasn't me!" :p
  9. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    For everyone who hates it when someone checks their phone during a movie... this would be great :p
  10. sclawis300 macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    or you can be a complete tool. All I did was ask a question. And don't worry, I am not going to.
  11. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    it looks like the apple logo is from the screen. not sure about the torch

  12. Porco macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2005
    Not sure I'd want to do that to mine.

    I love the company name though. Har-har, jim lad, to this land-lubber iPatch Pods sounds like sea-fairing traders selling eyewear to piratey dolphins!
  13. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
  14. greenlogo1976 macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2010
    Fair comment, I deserved that.

    I was aiming for "tounge in cheek" but I misjudged it. Apologies for any offence caused.
  15. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    If there were say an activator option to switch the LED light on and off it would be much more useful.
  16. NY Guitarist macrumors 65816

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
    I didn't watch the video so I don't know this mod. But how this is any better or not than using one of the plentiful (many free) flashlight apps available?
  17. mentaluproar macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    just guessing, but I think they are replacing the original iPhone headphone jacke with a multipurpose jack that handles optical output, like on our mac minis and iMacs. All they would have to do is swap a regular LED in place of the included one.
  18. powers74 macrumors 68000


    Aug 18, 2008
    At the bend in the river
    beam of light

    Now what would be sweet is if they could fit a little projector down there.
  19. hetrigger macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2011
    To throw a movie or pics on a wall! That would be interesting!:D

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