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  • Built-In Flashlight Mode in iPhone OS 4.0
    I remember one of the first apps I had ever gotten for my iPhone was the flashlight app from Cydia. It was so simple and really a surprise there wasn't something like this build inside of the OS itself. We all know how often we find ourselves in situations of such, where there is no fraking light available, as you stumble through the darkness hoping your next step won't plunge you into well, where Desmond awaits to tell you about your destiny.

    It appears as though Apple is either paying really close attention to what Jailbreakers want and demand from their iPhone, or someone at Apple realized that having a light to shine down the hatch might be useful when your stranded in the darkness.


    YouTuber treibercc, has discovered this built in flashlight mode and posted a video to prove it. All you have to do simply press the power/lock button 3 times quickly and the screen will be lit up with a super bright white screen. Flash it around to your hearts content until you find that button and restart the clock before everything goes to hell. Push the button again and it will turn off. treibercc says he's not entirely sure if this is a bug or an actual feature, but we're hoping it is a new feature.

    Nonetheless, it's great to see more and more features buried inside of the iPhone OS 4.0 Beta, which can only make us wonder what else Apple might be holding back and not telling us about. The time is almost here for us all to enjoy the new features of OS 4.0.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Built-In Flashlight Mode in iPhone OS 4.0 started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. Tenspeed123's Avatar
      Tenspeed123 -
      Loving the Lost metaphors
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      probably the best feature of os4 i have seen so far... lets face it the backgrounding GUI isnt great..
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      want proof that OS 4.0 is going to be a big flop? look at how excited people are getting about a "flashlight".

      if that's really a highlight, then apple is just circling the drain.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I like it.
    1. tremerone's Avatar
      tremerone -
      In the words of David After Dentist....."I can't see anythinnnnnggggg"...
    1. Loxs's Avatar
      Loxs -

      A bug in a Beta OS makes the frontpage.
    1. elite_jounin's Avatar
      elite_jounin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy View Post
      Its surprising that Apple would put that in the new OS seeing how much battery life it will use . Oh and by the way Steve , we have enough flashlight apps already thank you .
      Yea but it's not like you'll be using the flash light feature all the time. Most likely it will be used sparingly, I like the feature.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Those for whom this works:

      Does it always activate at max brightness?

      Please let me know. Thanks in advance!

      It seems that this is a glitch after all but I'd love to see the JB community replicate it with one that over-rides the brightness setting.

      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      But what about all the brilliantly designed flashlight apps in the app store...
      Those can't over-ride your brightness settings.
    1. klydon's Avatar
      klydon -
      For those of you who do not want to buy the new iPhone just for the built-in flash feature, here is a new iPhone case with built-in flash that just came out!!! check it!
      quirky | Beamer iPhone Case
    1. Ichwohneinloche's Avatar
      Ichwohneinloche -
      this addon/glitch/bug/what ever you want to call it works awesome. Used it last night to find my keys after i dropped them. And it seems to override brightness settings. Haven't actually tested it but it was pretty damn bright.
    1. 01grander's Avatar
      01grander -
      I guess its good that Apple is adding the functionality but it doesn't really help me.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Doesn't work on 4.0 final
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      This will see the light of day. Eventually