When an iPhone app caught his wife’s killer

Web Desk. Whether you know it or not, the smartphones in our pockets or hands are the best observations of our daily lives and it is possible to learn a lot from them. But no one would have thought that an iPhone could also play a role in catching the husband who killed his wife. Such a shocking incident has come to light in the United States.

The Alabama State man was sentenced this week to 16 years in prison for his wife’s murder, and Apple’s health app on the iPhone played a key role in bringing the man to justice. Normally, this app helps to monitor and improve health, but in this case, it made it possible for the police to know that it was not an accident but a murder.

Jeff West’s wife Kate West, 42, was found dead in 2018 and her husband said he had gone to bed at 10:30 at the time of his death. However, data from the iPhone’s health app revealed that Jeff had taken 18 steps between 11:03 and 11:10 that night. Apple released this health app in 2014 and it is constantly changing.

The app collects data not only from the user’s iPhone but also from the Apple Watch and monitors various aspects of the user throughout the day. Kate West died in January 2018 and during the trial, it was reported that the last activity on the woman’s iPhone was recorded at 10:54.

Kate’s body was discovered the next morning by a passer-by outside the home and was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time, the husband had stated that his wife had accidentally fallen due to drugs, but Apple Health app data proved that he was lying about sleep time.

Following further evidence in the case with the app, the court found Jeff guilty and sentenced him to 16 years in prison. This case is a reminder and awareness of how technology constantly works in our background. 

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