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  • 'Bulb' Puts An Icon in the Status Bar When the Flashlight is Turned On


    The LED flash on the back of modern iPhones, when used as a flashlight, can be a huge waste of battery life. It's even worse when we accidentally leave it turned on and forget to turn it off and don't even realize it.

    It's easy to do when we're out in broad daylight working in the dark crevices under a car's hood, or when we set our iPhone down on the table after using the flashlight and forget to turn it off afterwards. The next time you look at your battery, you might as well have been playing 3-D video games for the last 3 hours.

    Unfortunately, when you're in certain situations where you can't tell that your LED flashlight is on, you may not even realize it until it's too late. On the other hand, a new free jailbreak tweak called Bulb by iOS developer Sassoty is now available in Cydia that will attempt to help prevent you from accidentally leaving your LED flashlight turned on.

    As shown above, the tweak adds a new pleasant light bulb-shaped icon to the Status Bar whenever you have the LED flashlight turned on. Note: the LED flashlight is turned on from Control Center.



    With the icon in the Status Bar, even if you're out in broad daylight with no clue that your LED flashlight is turned on, you won't have to wait for some passerby traffic on the sidewalk or in the office to tell you that your LED flashlight is turned on. Instead, you'll be able to tell by yourself without looking at the back of your device.

    If you would like to give Bulb a try, it's available for free right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository. The tweak requires iOS 7 to be installed, and also requires an iOS device with a rear-facing LED flash. There are no options to configure. Bulb is an open-source jailbreak tweak, and its source code can be viewed on Github at this link.

    Name: Bulb
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.1-2
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.6, LED flash, libstatusbar
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Sassoty
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Bulb' Puts An Icon in the Status Bar When the Flashlight is Turned On started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. MamaJaay's Avatar
      MamaJaay -
      WTF? Because the incredibly bright light coming from your flash isn't enough indication that your flashlight is ON?!

      Especially in the era that we are in of not having an available restore and rejailbreak for most devices, I don't understand how you can condone the reckless installing of useless tweaks that may or may not screw up your phone. 5/5?

      This is absurd.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by MamaJaay View Post
      WTF? Because the incredibly bright light coming from your flash isn't enough indication that your flashlight is ON?!

      Especially in the era that we are in of not having an available restore and rejailbreak for most devices, I don't understand how you can condone the reckless installing of useless tweaks that may or may not screw up your phone. 5/5?

      This is absurd.
      I think the tweak is a great idea.

      I for one use my iPhone to see under the hood of my vehicle when I'm working on it to see around dark shadows. And there have been a LOT of times where in broad daylight I can't see the flashlight and I forget it's on. The next thing I know, I'm at 40% battery instead of 80%. My friends have done this too!

      In a real-world situation, I believe this tweak is VERY handy.

      As for the rating, the tweak is nicely polished and works perfectly. There was no reason for me to dock it. We test all the tweaks that we rate, so we're not "recklessly" condoning tweaks either.
    1. GUNNY29's Avatar
      GUNNY29 -
      I concur Anthony, It's always the day I don't have a charger handy that it happens to me.

      I pretty much install every tweak that appears in cydia have the odd safe mode (tweak clash) but otherwise good.