This fortnight’s gadget has to be the new Health content within iOS 8. iPhone customers who have downloaded the update will now have a white icon with a red heart on their home screens. Whilst apparently some of the initial content planned for Health Kit has been withheld for some security tweaks, it is well worth getting to know this feature as in the future it will have a tremendous impact on the insurance industry.
Apple is delivering the service to encourage individual developers to create services built around the tool kit. It is really worth spending a few minutes playing with this to realise the full extent of medical data it can capture. It is quite clear to me that it is probably only a matter of time before somebody builds a Health Kit enabled life insurance application.
Users decide how much medical data they wish to store and who they wish to share it with. But given the new iPhone 6 also includes near field communication, in the future applying for life cover could be as easy as tapping your phone against a contactless reader. Who says there will always be a need for paper proposal forms?