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    Default "Notification" lamp on 5

    Is there something I'm missing on my new phone. I want to be alerted with my notification lamp (if there is one) when I receive new messages. In settings I move the Notification command to on. Any thoughts???
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    There isn't a proper notification light but if you go to accessibility settings, there is a setting to use the flash as a notification light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybird28 View Post
    Is there something I'm missing on my new phone. I want to be alerted with my notification lamp (if there is one) when I receive new messages. In settings I move the Notification command to on. Any thoughts???
    If you want an annoying flashing LED, buy a BlackBerry (or any of a select few Android phones). Apple has wisely chosen NOT to put an annoying flashing light on their phone. There’s a kludge that allows you to use the camera flash as a basic LED, but no more than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fausty82 View Post
    If you want an annoying flashing LED, buy a BlackBerry (or any of a select few Android phones). Apple has wisely chosen NOT to put an annoying flashing light on their phone. There’s a kludge that allows you to use the camera flash as a basic LED, but no more than that.
    1) There is nothing annoying about a flashing LED notification light
    2) It was hardly a 'wise' choice
    3) Using the flash is not a viable alternative
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill_UK View Post
    1) There is nothing annoying about a flashing LED notification light
    2) It was hardly a 'wise' choice
    3) Using the flash is not a viable alternative
    If having a blinky-light for notifications is so bloody important to you, why on God's green earth did you buy an iPhone when it does not have one, and that information is widely known and could have been ascertained before buying one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    If having a blinky-light for notifications is so bloody important to you, why on God's green earth did you buy an iPhone when it does not have one, and that information is widely known and could have been ascertained before buying one?
    Maybe he didn't know. Or he picked the phone based on other criteria, the iPhone has lots of other pros, you know. Whatever it is, the notification light is a handy feature, unfortunately it is missing on the iPhone. No need to go bashing around just cause he likes a certain feature that you have no use for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    If having a blinky-light for notifications is so bloody important to you, why on God's green earth did you buy an iPhone when it does not have one, and that information is widely known and could have been ascertained before buying one?
    It's not so 'bloody' important to me, I was well aware the iPhone doesn't have that feature, and it had no bearing whatsoever on my decision to purchase one.
    I was just making an observation, expressing an opinion... OK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevesBalls View Post
    Maybe he didn't know. Or he picked the phone based on other criteria, the iPhone has lots of other pros, you know. Whatever it is, the notification light is a handy feature, unfortunately it is missing on the iPhone. No need to go bashing around just cause he likes a certain feature that you have no use for.
    Please...

    The notification blinky-light is NOT MISSING on an iPhone. Apple made deliberate design choices not to put one on their devices.

    If one is so dependent on a notification blinky-light and they buy an iPhone anyway, it is flat out stupid to come here and complain that the phone they bought has no blinky-light. Bottom line, if one wants notification lights, they shouldn't buy an iPhone, and if they buy one anyway, they ought not come to a place like this an whine about missing their beloved blinky-light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill_UK View Post
    It's not so 'bloody' important to me, I was well aware the iPhone doesn't have that feature, and it had no bearing whatsoever on my decision to purchase one.
    I was just making an observation, expressing an opinion... OK?
    And I'm making an observation and expressing an opinion that happens to be contrary to yours... OK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill_UK View Post
    1) There is nothing annoying about a flashing LED notification light
    2) It was hardly a 'wise' choice
    3) Using the flash is not a viable alternative
    It's a matter of personal preference.
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    Default "Notification" lamp on 5

    Apple Fanboys anyone
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    Quote Originally Posted by plt3121MarineAlways View Post
    Apple Fanboys anyone
    This. Please let's not be what the Android lovers would call "Apple sheep". The notification light is a great feature, unfortunately Apple made the decision not to include one. That's all there is to it. No platform is perfect, you'll always make some compromises. There is enough to love about the iPhone, no need to be a biased fanboy about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plt3121MarineAlways View Post
    Apple Fanboys anyone
    No, more like a realist.

    It is utterly stupid to buy an iPhone knowing it has no notification LED and then endlessly lament that it has no notification LED.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    So why are you whining about the iPhone not having something you know it doesn't have?
    Wind your neck in... nobody here is whining or complaining except you.
    I'm a multi-platform user, and have that feature on my other devices. I happen to find it quite useful. The fact that the iPhone hasn't got it doesn't bother me. I was just stating that it isn't an annoying feature, and think it would be a nice addition to iOS. If you didn't like it, you could disable it... nice to have the choice though.
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    I wonder if there has ever been a thread anywhere, ever, about LED notifications that hasn't devolved into petty bickering. That would be awesome.
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    I'm personally thankful Apple agrees with my opinion of the LED notification light.
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    The notification light is one of the best features on a BlackBerry. And would have been a great feature to have on the IPhone. Just my 2 cents...
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    I too would have liked to see a notification light, if anyone could make a notification light sexy it would be apple. Who knows, now that Johnny Ives has more control of the experience perhaps we will see something in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    Apple made deliberate design choices not to put one on their devices.
    Is there an official, documented reason for Apple leaving it out?
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    Hurray for blinky lights. These are a wonderful feature on some other non iphones. With various BB apps in particular you can actually configure the colour of the LED for certain people/conditions. You can tell from across the room if a call/message/text is from your wife OR one of your kids OR a buddy OR from work (and ignore it if you desire). You can disable it if you do not like it. I'm still amazed that it is not available on an iphone. The physical hardware cost must be pennies or a fraction thereof. It is an outrageously useful feature.
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    It would be interesting if instead if a physical light, there were an option that used just a few pixels on the display to alert you, which you could then tap for a fuller notification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glamrlama View Post
    Hurray for blinky lights. ... It is an outrageously useful feature.
    Outrageously useful for you. Outrageously useless for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by katesbb View Post
    Is there an official, documented reason for Apple leaving it out?
    Who needs a documented reason when there is no notification LED. It's not there - they had to decide not to do it. Why? I don't care. It's not there. And all the forum whining in the world will not make one magically appear. If you think the next iteration of the iPhone should have a blinky-light, talk to Johnny Ive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glamrlama View Post
    Hurray for blinky lights. These are a wonderful feature on some other non iphones. With various BB apps in particular you can actually configure the colour of the LED for certain people/conditions. You can tell from across the room if a call/message/text is from your wife OR one of your kids OR a buddy OR from work (and ignore it if you desire). You can disable it if you do not like it. I'm still amazed that it is not available on an iphone. The physical hardware cost must be pennies or a fraction thereof. It is an outrageously useful feature.
    So how is this different/better than being able to set different ringtones, email notifications sounds, etc (other than the obvious fact that one is light and the other sound)?

    I've never had a phone with this LED notification feature so I'm just curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glamrlama View Post
    Hurray for blinky lights. These are a wonderful feature on some other non iphones. With various BB apps in particular you can actually configure the colour of the LED for certain people/conditions. You can tell from across the room if a call/message/text is from your wife OR one of your kids OR a buddy OR from work (and ignore it if you desire). You can disable it if you do not like it. I'm still amazed that it is not available on an iphone. The physical hardware cost must be pennies or a fraction thereof. It is an outrageously useful feature.
    You can accomplish the same thing today with alerts and ring tones... identify the type of alert and the contact who is senting the text/email/calling.

    And you say "you can disable it if you do not like it"... I would argue that Apple has taken care fo that one for you - by not implementing it.
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