Prior to iOS 5, Apple’s mobile platform treated the iPhone’s camera LED just as an ordinary and plain camera LED. But now things are changing and people are realizing that the flash can be more than just a camera support tool. The use of LED as notification alerter has been around for Android devices for quite a long time, but now even Apple seems to have acknowledged that the camera flash can be put to some extra use, as now you can use the camera flash as LED notification light if you are on iOS 5. Whatever Apple does, the jailbreak community is never too far behind in taking it one step further. That’s what WeeFlashlight is all about. It is a Cydia tweak that provides users with an LED flashlight, controllable right from the Notification Center.
The biggest problem here (for now, at least) is that even though you might have upgraded to iOS 5, there is only a tethered jailbreak available for this update as of now.
WeeFlashLight is present in Cydia’s Big Boss repo. The tweak is pretty simple, and once you have downloaded it, there is no Springboard icon or customizable settings. As the tweak deals with Notification Center directly, you might have to enable it manually. This can be done quite easily. Head to the Notifications menu of the stock Settings app, and find the entry newly added to the menu by WeeFlashlight. There will be nothing more than a single Enable button inside it, and you have to toggle it on if it isn’t already. All this needs to be done only if the new flashlight toggle doesn’t show up in your iPhone’s Notification Center. Once it is displayed there, simply swipe down at the status bar, and you will see that a new bar has been added to the Notification Center. The bar to control the flashlight will appear at the top. Tap it once, the light comes on, tap it again, and it’s off. There isn’t even a fixed part of the tweak’s bar that you have to tap in order to make the flashlight work, and this ensures that users can turn on the flashlight with complete ease and quickly. Being such a simple tweak, WeeFlashlight is free, so do give it a try as it sure has the potential to replace all other flashlight apps available out there, maybe except the ones that add flashlight shortcuts to lock screen.