What goes around…
If you look at your iPhone when its face-down you’ll notice that the camera and the flash face “up.” Fortunately, Apple thought through how to use the flash to alert the user when a message has been received. You’ll find this brilliant feature under Settings > General > Accessibility. Scroll down to “LED Flash for Alerts” and turn it “on.” The camera flash will now blink when a message comes through but no where near as bright as when the flash is used while taking a photo.
What’s great about this “brilliant feature” is that it is completely stolen from RIM, and it’s something that Blackberries used to get made fun of for having.
Back in 2010, Gruber posted a link to this story which said that the “blinking red light” was one of three reasons why people stuck with their Blackberries. Gruber said this was “just nutty.” I disagreed. The red light was about the only thing I missed from my Blackberry — I found it a very useful notification option. And saying so got me linked on Daring Fireball, which was pretty alright.
Thing is, now I’d never turn on this feature. Now it seems like it’d be annoying. Moreover, I never go more than 15 seconds without checking my iPhone anyway.