Strange red light problem

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by tympano, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. tympano macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    Hi Folks!

    Wanted to introduce myself and say hello to all who have taken the time to read this.

    I'm also here to submit my strange issue to the forum in the hope that your collective sage wisdom might inform my course of action.

    So my iPhone (original) recently began emitting red light from the proximity sensor. This light is lit anytime the screen is on. Also, the proximity sensor seems to have stopped functioning, which has dramatically affected battery life.

    I have apple care, and plan to visit an apple store as soon as I return home next week; but I was just curious whether anyone had seen this before.

    Pics follow

    Thanks for looking and responding


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  2. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Methinks HAL has taken over your iPhone.

    If it starts saying it can't let you do certain things, run.

    In all seriousness, I haven't seen that before. Take it back.
  3. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    You have to turn the switch from Evil to Good ;)

    I second bringing it back to the store
  4. jobsfnby macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2008
    i think it just means the proximity sensor is on because when i talk on my phone i see a red dot just like that one in the same place.

    I can only see the dot when its dark and im on the phone.

    does the screen go off if you put something over it?
  5. ubersalad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2008
    That's actually pretty cool!
  6. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    It looks as though the Infra-Red LED has shifted to Red either due to a hardware problem or software problem.

  7. tsvb macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    I wish my iPhone had blinding lasers shooting out of it!
  8. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    Since you are still covered by AppleCare, bring it in to them and be sure to point out any other issues (dead pixels, ect.). You might even luck out and get something extra if they are unable to fix it. Don't lose any sleep over this if you are covered. But as to the problem, I have no clue whatsoever.
  9. tympano thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008

    It is definitely emanating from the proximity sensor, but as far as I can tell the sensor is no longer functioning. The screen remains on even when I am talking on the phone. The light is clearly visible even in daylight, the only reason I took the pictures in low light is that it was difficult to photograph.

    Interesting responses, I definitely will be taking it in next week and will let you all know the outcome.

    DeaconGraves: Funny you should mention HAL as for awhile, while my phone was unlocked, I used HAL's "there is a message for you" line as my text alert. Ha.

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