- 06-19-2011, 01:43 PM #51
- 06-19-2011, 01:59 PM #52
- 06-19-2011, 02:18 PM #53
There are times when I miss the LED that I had on the BB, but I find myself missing it less and less. If Apple were to put one in and as long as it wasn't visible (when not lit) and there was a way to disable it (or even better, a way to disable during certain timeframes), then I wouldn't complain. But I don't consider it a make or break feature any longer.
- 06-19-2011, 02:47 PM #54
I do yes. What I like however is the ability to turn the phone off, charge it, and know when its done. With a blackberry when it was charging the LED blinked. When it was done charging, the LED went solid. At that point I know the phone is charged and I don't need to turn the phone on to check that.
- 06-19-2011, 07:04 PM #56
Coming from Blackberry just last Friday, I do miss the LED. It was convenient. If it was sitting there flashing green, you didn't have to pick it up, all was quiet on the BB front. And yes it could be turned off. Or you could configure it to flash a certain color for different callers. My wife flashed yellow. I miss that and a stronger vibrate. Other than that I am floored by how cool my iP4 is.
- 06-19-2011, 07:52 PM #57
- 06-19-2011, 08:03 PM #58
I don't need it. I don't want it. And I am not arguing for the sake of arguing... it would ruin the appearance of the phone and provide no additional benefit (to me).
- 06-19-2011, 10:00 PM #59
I'd say that gears it towards a very wide spectrum of audience, not just the disabled.
Last edited by dsmith3427; 06-19-2011 at 10:10 PM.
- 06-20-2011, 04:30 AM #61
So as it stands, people have to keep picking up their phones, and manually checking to see if they missed anything which is horribly unproductive, and is a waste of battery life.
With a notification light it makes things real simple, and it's really odd that a minority just don't get it. You look up at your phone... no light... keep on working... you look up at your phone... and you see the notification light lit up so you actually know you missed something and you aren't checking your phone in vain. Notification problem solved. End of discussion. For the people that don't want to ever see the iPhone change for the better, they can choose to turn the feature off, so why on Earth would anybody be against it?? I heard the same exact arguments about the front facing camera last year, some didn't want it, they said it would make the phone look tacky, they said Apple would never add one as it was "un-Apple-like", and other unreasonable complaints. Yet now nobody even thinks about it, it's now part of the iPhone and all iOS devices.
Personally I find it annoying, specially when I have my phone in my room at night, one it's dark and the flashing light is annoying, two I don't want to be a slave to my phone.
I guess a few of you don't care about not knowing if you get an important call or text message, but for many people it's pretty important. And not having this feature is like not having turn signals on a car because a few people think it makes their cars look like a circus or ruins the aesthetics of their car.. You're a slave to your iPhone since you have to check it a thousand times a day since there's no visual clue that you have a notification of some sorts.
If it's that important to you they still sell Blackberry's, get them before they are gone.
Seriously? I hope Apple doesn't share your philosophy, they just might find themselves in BB's shoes in a few years. I shouldn't have to buy another phone because the iPhone doesn't have a simple, cheap feature that dumbphones had over 5 years ago.
if you don't want a notification light you don't have to use it, many people want it, so why should they keep a feature off the phone to please a small minority? Especially when these things are optional??? I guess you won't be upgrading to iOS 5 when it comes out in the Fall since it has the ability to use the camera flash as a notification light??? It's already in iOS, so what people want is a dedicated one in the iPhone 5 that sits on the front of the phone where we can see it, and a low power led as the camera flash is too bright, faces the wrong way, and can't be good for battery life.
So it's a win-win situation, the people who don't want it can keep if off, and those of us who do can turn it on, everybody's happy, this is bad how?
- 06-20-2011, 04:52 AM #62
Found it! Apple files for dual-backlight iPhone notification patent
That would be awesome.
- 06-20-2011, 04:56 AM #63
- 06-20-2011, 06:08 AM #64
Apple could easily develop an LED system much like they have with the new macbook pro's, where the battery indicator LED's are located on the input side of the frame and are almost invisible except when turned on to check the battery level...in the case of the iPhone, that tiny little hole (even if it were as big as the macbooks) would make almost ZERO cosmetic difference on the phone, i doubt most people would even realize it was there until it was pointed out to them...i know several people who've looked at my MBP and asked where the battery gauge was (since it used to be obvious on the bottom of the machines)...then when they see it, they are shocked at how subtle but easily readable it is.
You telling me one of those tiny little holes located somewhere on the phone itself would ruin the aesthetics? LOL! Hell, they could put tiny little LED's like that in the speaker or somewhere that already exists on the front fascia and still be good to go without "ruining" the cosmetic appeal.
- 06-20-2011, 12:04 PM #66
And you're sure "millions" of iPhone users want a visible LED? I don't think so.
And no, the iPhone4 is not ruined now because iOS5 uses the camera flash that is on the back of the device... where I don't see it. I don't spend a lot of time looking at the back of my phone.
- 06-20-2011, 12:22 PM #67
I'm pretty surprised Steve allowed the hardware battery meter on there.
I'm not against an LED light on the front. The last phone I had with one was a Motorola Krzr and I never have missed it really. It was nice but not something to nit pick over.
Apple - iPhone - Feedback
Tell Steve about it people.
And of course no one can be sure of the numbers who want it, but I would bet if there was a worldwide poll asking if an LED light is a feature they would want on their IPhone if it wasn't visible, could be disabled, and didn't cost them anything extra? I would venture a guess that more would want it than not want it.
Last edited by dsmith3427; 06-20-2011 at 12:34 PM.
- 06-20-2011, 12:58 PM #69
And if you ask the poll question that way, you may be right because he who frames the question wins. But you have NO control over IF it's implemented, and HOW it's done IF it is implemented.
But again, if I can see the other items "behind" the bezel, why would this be any different?
I get the feeling that I am peeing into the wind here... so I've stated my position and I am done here. We'll just have to wait to see what Jobs and his iPhone(next) designers do... until we know what they are doing, it's all moot anyway.
Last edited by Fausty82; 06-20-2011 at 01:00 PM.
- 06-20-2011, 01:01 PM #70
Whenever they want to add a feature there is an opportunity cost and costs going forward. When they add something to the hardware then they would essentially be expected to have that in all future models and they have to maintain that feature in software.
I wouldn't want them to put the LED there for the frankly selfish view that I'd rather them spend that effort on implementing something that I'd use.
Apple is a company that is very loyal to their designs and their visions of it - though they are like any other corporation and they are forced to listen to those that they want to buy their products. I don't think a LED is a big priority for them because they are already winning customers from RIM without it and it looks like while those customers might like a LED, but they aren't generally going back to BB because of it.
- 06-20-2011, 01:51 PM #73
- 06-21-2011, 07:24 AM #75