Developer of the Flashlight app for iPhone 4 and 4S reaches one million sold on Black Friday

Developer of the Flashlight app for iPhone 4 and 4S reaches one million sold on Black Friday
One million people have apparently been very fond of the Flashlight app for the iPhone 4 and 4S, which was released in July last year and updated in September 2010. It consistently scores a 5 star ranking despite that now we have quite a bit of similar apps, and with richer functionality.

The 99-cent application differed from other efforts to illuminate your way with an iPhone in the fact that it uses the LED flash for the purpose, instead of lighting up the LCD display, and starts faster than similar apps.

The app has crossed the one million copy sold threshold precisely on Black Friday, proving once again that you can have a fairly simple app idea, but execute well and make bank.

source: Flashlight (iTunes) via i4software



1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

You have to pay for that?!

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Of course you do,its on an iphone after all so expenditure is always expected. A lot of android phones come with this basic feature as standard and even if a particular model doesn\'t there are dozens of versions of this led torch app free on the android market

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thats why developers prefer. IOS.. they can make money.. ps.. enjoy your version of Angry birds 3D.. also for free..


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yes developers prefer IOS so they can make money while customers prefer Android because they can get the same app for free. What do you think is better for us? Having to spend money on a stupid app that we can get for free or putting money in developer's wallets for easy copy cat apps like this? Flashlight apps have been on android since the OG Droid, of course the iPhone didnt even have a flash until recently. But I mean, I know where you are getting at. "I'm so cool I have an iphone and have sooo much money and I like to throw it around and burn it because I can" cool story bro.

2. Ocean02

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

How much profit the developer made? Is the profit shared with apple?

5. balbal00

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Yes it is shared with apple, you can see the percentage in a recent article.

4. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I understand having to pay for certain Apps... .....However, I just don't see how "Well, Apple does it better" can apply in this category. Does it have 1 million candle power? Does it provide Par64 stage lighting for Rock Concerts? It is an LED that lights up when a button an icon is pressed. Technology provided for the last few years and it's been free. John B.

9. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

People are willing to pay for apps just to have an iPhone. Over Thanksgiving my girlfriend's brother was showing me his fart app he paid $.99 for. I don't get it either, but then again I made the switch from iPhone to Android two years ago. Every time I use someone's iPhone I feel that much better about my choice, nothing bad about it but it's just not for me.

12. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

As funny as that is unfortunately those fart apps have been the foundation of the apple app store and amass alot of sales!

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I wasn't even trying to be funny ha... No idea why I got a thumbs down but that's cool, someone is probably mad they had to pay for their flashlight app. It's okay!! You have an iPhone!!

18. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---\" Over Thanksgiving my girlfriend\'s brother was showing me his fart app he paid $.99 for.\"--- Yes, but think of the quality of that fart. This is the quintessential fart of all farts. Apple\'s branding is associated with this farting app. This means Apple takes the normal fart and makes it better. No doubt Apple\'s team spent countless hours on making sure just the right fart app makes it to the App store. They don\'t want you to just love the fart, they want you to live it. Afterall, you get what you pay for. Why get a full version of Google maps for free through Android, when for a buck, you can get the best fart app in all the land through Apple? Makes perfect sense to me. Your girlfriend\'s brother was wise to spend his money where it counts. John B.

21. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

iamcc, Two things: 1) Your trolling is extremely frustrating. 2) Listen, what you experience as "Every time I use someone's iPhone I feel that much better about my choice..." is just like every other in this world. When playing with someone else's device, your mind automatically goes into "let's see what all the fuss is about" mode. You are biased the second you pick it up. I did the same thing with a SGSII being an iPhone 4 owner. I don't hate the SGSII, I just wouldn't want to leave the Apple ecosystem for it. Seriously, everyone in this thread needs to just appreciate technology and quit the childish comments.

22. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

My trolling? What about my comments is trolling? Also, I used to be an iPhone person. If the iPhone was a better phone (for me) I would have one. Just because my opinion is different from yours does not make it trolling, my posts are well thought out and I back up my statements.

25. BlowJobs

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

yes dad.

6. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Why would I want to pay a whole dollar for a flashlight app? Hmmmm...... Android manufacturers ship a flashlight app as stock.

10. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Why would you buy a phone that needs a bumper to make phone calls? It's an iPhone.

7. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011 I wish I knew how to make money easy like this.

11. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I agree with the above comment. Yes ... people pay for this app! I am jealous that I did not think of it also ;) It is hard to criticize the guy for developing it and making a buck or two (or much more) along the way.

8. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Fyi there is a free version

13. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

you must pay to get the free version

17. LordBonztie

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 14, 2011


15. jburris020

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

There is a really easy fix for this, one in which you do not have to pay... Simply turn on your video camera, then turn on the flash.... Pretty magical actually

16. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Just go on the record section of the camera and turn on the flash. That's free =P

19. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

There are quite a few free apps that will do the same thing...

23. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

P.T. Barnum was right.

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