As you know, iPhone 4’s camera finally comes with a built-in LED flash. Some developers have figured out to use the camera flash to turn iPhone 4 into a Flashlight.
Macrumors is reporting that Apple has just approved a number of Flashlight iPhone apps today.
The flashlight apps turn iPhone 4 into a flashlight by turning on the LED flash. Until now, we’ve seen Flashlight apps that use iPhone’s screen for the light. Another alternative is to point iPhone’s Safari browser to about:blank.
Macrumors reports that Apple’s App review staff were initially planning to reject the iPhone apps due to "inappropriate use of hardware".
But Apple seems to have changed its mind and has started approving iPhone 4 flashlight apps after Michael D'Ulisse of MoreBluSky who was one of the first developers to come up with the idea reached out to Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing.
It also looks like Apple has approved these apps after developers put a disclaimer, which states that “Continued use of flash may dramatically decrease battery life”.
At the time of writing this post, there were already 14 (1 free and 13 paid) flashlight iPhone apps on the App Store (check this iTunes link).
A flashlight app can be quite useful when you wake up in the night or there is a power cut and the closest thing that you have is your iPhone. But will users pay $0.99 for them is the big question. What do you think?