No front-facing LED notification light?!

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  1. TomTomHatesCats macrumors regular

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    I’m sure most of you guys are long-time iPhone users, but as a new convert coming from Android I’m kind of shocked that the iPhone 6 has no front-facing multi-colored LED notification light. I never realized how much I’ve relied on this simple notification tool until now, since I don’t have it.

    That said, I’m curious, is this a feature that iPhone users just don’t care about? Or are perhaps even unaware of? Or is it one of those things that’s been requested, but not yet delivered by Apple?
     
  2. mainomega macrumors 6502

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    A "feature" that's useless to me and probably the vast majority of iPhone users. My blackberry had one... where is it now?
     
  3. TomTomHatesCats thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll take it as a vote for one person who doesn't care about notification lights, thanks, but not sure why you think it's useless to the vast majority.

    Also, not sure what your point was about your blackberry when my comparison was to Android, but cool.
     
  4. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

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    I just switched from an HTC One to an iPhone 6. The HTC had a very discrete green LED, and I do miss it. You can set your iPhone's LED light to flash when you get a notification, and it's extremely visible. My wife uses her iPhone 6 as an alarm, and seeing that light flashing at 5:50am nearly gave me a heart attack. We turned off the feature, but it can be turned back on if needed. Go to Settings, General, Accessibility, and then scroll down to LED Flash for Alerts.

    Edit: Of course this is not front facing, but you'll see it either way.
     
  5. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    Some iPhone users (not many, as far as I can tell) have been wanting this feature for several years. Others--myself included--know about it, but don't care.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    What iPhone users who don't care for a LED notification light always fail to understand is that not everyone is always carrying around their phone. Some people actually leave their phones on their desks or tables and what have you. An audio alert of a message can be missed. You have to go over, pick the phone up and check the screen to see if you got a message and what kind.

    For these iPhone users that doesn't seem to be a big deal. But for me, I'd prefer to be able to glance over and visually be able to see from a distance that I have received a notification. I shouldn't have to turn the screen on to check.

    That said, OP, in Accessibility is a visual option to have the LED on the back of the phone flash whenever a notification is received. It's a poor man's LED and if you are in the habit as I am of placing your phone on it's back you are unlikely to see the LED flash when you receive a notification.

    But, it's better than nothing.
     
  7. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    I understand that. I just don't care about it.
     
  8. SFoxx91 macrumors newbie

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    This is a feature I've always wanted.
     
  9. its Dale macrumors 6502

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    I wish it had one. I had a Galaxy S4 and it was very useful not having to turn the screen on (sure it saved battery too). I recently came from an HTC One m8 paired with a Moto 360 smart watch. Once i had the smart watch, the LED became useless. Maybe Apple didnt include it because the demand is low and now they have the Apple Watch coming for notifications.

    People dont care for it and I really dont know why the phone screen lights up for notifications, even when its sitting in the pocket. Maybe thats why most iphone users i know place their phone screen face down when they are with others. They dont want people to see what notification pops up
     
  10. filakin macrumors newbie

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    I've been an Android user for years - 5 different manufacturers - and ALL of them had front facing LED notification lights. Not ridiculously bright flash-strength LEDs, but discreet low power-use versions. Not one person I know has ever turned them off - they are extremely useful. One of those androids allowed me to display different colours depending if it was a missed call, text, email, or just social media.

    Since I got an iPhone, I have to constantly turn the phone on to see if I missed a call or message. It uses up considerably more battery life than a low powered LED.

    Apple is so far behind the times on this one, its embarrassing. The rest of the world gets it, why doesn't Apple?
     
  11. Radiogaga macrumors newbie

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    Been waiting for this feature for years. Maybe we should all call Apple. The squeaky wheel you know.
     
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    I had one on the android phone I tried for a year, I didn't turn it off, but I don't miss it either after going back to the iPhone. If I go away from my phone for awhile it's not that hard to check the screen when I get back.
     
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    …and that's the attitude that I get from a majority of iPhone users. It's a reasonable explanation.

    Except if I just want to glance over at my phone while I am a distance away from it to see if an important notification has come in. If I'm in the middle of something that puts me away from my phone but still within visible distance I have to drop what I am doing (yeah, my boss might like that) walk over, turn the screen on, check, turn the screen off (or take action) put the phone down, walk back and pick up again what I was doing.

    Yeah. Easy.
     
  14. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    If you see the light flashing that you have a notification you'll have to go over and check it anyway. Maybe Sony had a poor implementation of the notification light, but it could tell me if it was a Facebook message, text or email, but if I wanted to know if it was important I'd still have to turn on the screen to check so it wasn't a big benefit over just checking when I was free and back to it. If you're worried about getting notifications that can't wait a minute or two to check then either get an apple watch or just keep the phone with you, even the 6+ isn't too difficult to carry around in a pocket.
     
  15. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Well, I prefer a LED notification light.

    It's not a big deal to you I can see that, but it's a big deal for me. Easy, does not always mean productive and there are many times where I don't want to be moving around with my phone when it can just stay on my desk.

    Be that as it may, Apple is on your side anyway. Apple doesn't offer a dedicated LED notification light right now.
     
  16. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Most of the LED notification lights are configurable these days, not only as far as what notifications they would apply to, but also the color (many support multiple colors) and pattern (so that different patterns can be assigned to different things). Perhaps not something everyone would care about, but it's still useful nonetheless to many who would choose to use it.
     
  17. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    But if it's telling you you have an email you still have no way of knowing if that is an important email or spam that made it through your filter without looking at it.
     
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    And it's still a choice you make then. You can configure it for calls (and maybe messages) only if those are more important to you. You can even set it up so that isn't not used at all this making it no different for you at all.
     
  19. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    This is what the Apple Watch is for!

    Kidding. But since I got my watch, this feature would now be irrelevant.
     
  20. makotoisle macrumors 6502

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    Personally, I'm not too bothered. So what if I miss a notification? It'll still be there when I next sit down to fuss with my phone. But I make a very conscious effort not to be a slave to notifications and have most turned off anyway.

    If it's important, they'll call again or find another way to get a hold of me.
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    That's all good and fine for you. Many other people use things and do things in different ways. That's why having an option for something is where it's at, so that you can chose what you want or need or what you don't want or need.
     
  22. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I am not a slave to notifications either. And an LED notification light would make that even easier. One glance and done.

    Versus walking over, picking up the phone and checking.

    You guys are arguing that it's an either/or proposition. Either you check your phone (it's easy) or don't check it (because you shouldn't be tied to your phone - they can call/email/text again or find another way to reach you that doesn't involve your phone). You reject any middle ground between the two which a notification light would provide.

    How very Apple-like that is.
     
  23. TnIan macrumors member

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    Yes. Very true. But if the light's not flashing, I know I don't have to go over and check it. That would work great for me. If that's not useful to you, you could leave it disabled. Then everybody gets to have an iPhone that works best for them.
     
  24. ohohlsson macrumors newbie

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    I just switched to iphone last week and couldn't agree more with you mate about this topic. not to mention now my iphone alarm clock blasts me with a limited choice of their crappy tones instead of the ones i had easily recorded and transfered onto my android.
    Hopefully someone makes an app that does this feature so at least the led flashes continue.
     
  25. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    An app can't add a notification light to a device, nor would be able to control the existing LED flash (which isn't really the same thing at all) in relation to system and other notifications that are unrelated to that app.
     

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