Apple’s Flashlight Is Why We Can’t Fund Nice Dumb Things


Flashlight apps are a testament to the power and simplicity of modern technology. Power outage because of a hurricane? There’s an app for that. Need to stealthily kill a mosquito without waking up your partner? There’s an app for that, too.

Actually, there are more than 1,000 in the App Store alone, many with 5-star ratings, because flashlight apps, which turn the flash of your iPhone camera into a literal flashlight, are awesome. Flashlight apps make you feel like your phone is more Swiss Army knife than Twitter receptacle.

With that innocuous seeming icon on the left there, Apple essentially just mass-exterminated every flashlight app in the App Store. It will be adding its own Flashlight to iOS 7 Control Center, the feature accessible with a swipe and a tap. Versus apps that take so many clicks to open you might as well wait for your eyes to adjust…

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