What you need to know
- Pop Out Timer & Stopwatch uses picture-in-picture to give you a count everywhere in iOS.
There are countless apps that can count time up and down and Apple ships its own. But I've never come across one that can do what this app can do – put those timers and stopwatches on your Home screen. Or in another app. Or anywhere.
Pop Out Timer & Stopwatch cleverly turns itself into a video and then allows users to watch that video via picture-in-picture. The result is a movable timer and stopwatch that you can always see, whether you're on your Home screen or checking up on Twitter. No matter where you are, you'll see what you need to see.
According to developer Jeremy Provost, getting the app through App Store review took a bit of work but it's here now, and it's well worth the wait. Whether you're using the app to keep track of the time when doing a presentation or just don't want to overcook something, you'd be surprised how helpful something like this can be.
A recent update to Pop Out Timer & Stopwatch includes support for iOS 14 Home screen widgets as well, putting your favorite timers just a tap away.
You can download Pop Out Timer & Stopwatch from the App Store (opens in new tab) now, for iPhone and iPad, for just $3.99.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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