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Safety Light for iPhone, or Can the Flashlight App be Redeemed?

Safety Light ($0.99 - iTunes link (opens in new tab)) riddles us this -- can one of the App Store's most maligned categories, the flashlight app, be redeemed by one of the iPhone's premiere developers?

Along with fart apps and tip calculators, there's little that's been derided more than the humble "lets make a white screen and charge $1 for it" flashlight app. With Safety Light, the Iconfactory's Craig Hockenberry, creator of Twitterrific, adds function to the flash.

  • Bright flashlight
  • Colored lighting effects
  • Disco mode!
  • SOS emergency flash

Like many, I've used the iPhone to light my way on more than one occasion, but Safety Light is the first time I've gotten all official (read: bought a flashlight app) for the purpose. But I'm a sucker for audacious design and development.

If you try it, let us know what you think!

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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Slow news day Rene?
  • If you're jailbroken, then the Flashlight(catchy name, huh?) app on Cydia, does one thing that no App Store flashlight app can: It goes to maximum device brightness when you open it, and back to the device brightness level you've set, when you close the app.
  • If you like this App take a look at this one:
  • sync a white pic to your photo library , turn the brightness up , boom — you owe me 99 cent , I gave you a flashlight.
  • Flash light apps really.....really.......flash light apps.......Sounds like a case of the Mondays at TIPB and still a flash light that doesn't get brighter.
    @OmariJames I owe you 99 cents sir :) lol
  • This is pure BS - all App Store flashlight apps fail in comparison to the Jailbreak Flashlight app, because AS ones can't control the screen's backlight brightness, whereas JB app turns it up to the max.
  • Why can't someone write an app store flash light that turns up brightness? Even the free Stanza ebook reader can do that with a finger swipe.
  • Wow.. this is the lamest app I have seen. It looks like all the Hockenberry fan boys have already swarmed to it and praised it with 5-star reviews. Surely none of them will ever actually use it. If you paid for this app, I feel sorry that you need so much attention and have such low self-esteem. Keep up the good work, Frankenberry.
  • I downloaded the Virtual Zippo App, free, it's probably better.
  • now if he makes a f@rt app, will they suddenly be worth it too?
  • Agree with previous comments about the jail break flashlight app.
    Once you've used the Flashlight app from Cydia, the Flashlight apps on the official app store suddenly stink! Turning up the brightness to max and back to the previous setting when closed is awesome!
  • There's even a flashlight cydget for jailbroken iPhones that you can activate just by pressing the home button from the lock screen. No need to unlock. Full brightness white screen... You have to be an idiot to pay $1 for this kind of app!!!
  • I am not going to but the app. I really dont know what to think of it. It is only 1.00 but I think I will save my dollar on this one and just use the regular back lighting.
  • Not to put a crimp in this random and rather odd news story, but the Flashlight app from John Haney Software in the app store is now and always has been free. It's customizable, and has plenty of additional flashlighty options. I've been using it for a long time without issue. Anyone who paid a dollar for their white screened guidance didn't look very hard.
  • just use the mail app...
    it lights my way pretty well.
  • Take a picture of a bright light, and open it up on your iPhone when in the dark. No need for a stupid app!
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  • Does this app turn on the camera flash LED? That's all I used to do on my Moto Q and it was WAY better than just lighting up the screen. It became a true flashlight.
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  • Cant wait for iphone 5 :)
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