What you need to know
- Timer and stopwatch app Pop Out Timer has been updated to support timers while music and video are playing.
- New changes to how the timer works mean people can now use them while working out and more.
Pop Out Timer, a stopwatch and timer app for iPhone and iPad, has been updated with a relatively minor change that makes a big difference to the way people can use it. With the new update installed, people can now set timers even when watching a video or playing music. I've written about the app before, but now it's better than ever.
Previously, that wasn't possible and it meant that using Pop Out Timer while working out, for example, wasn't always something people could do. That all changes with this update, allowing people to run a timer alongside a YouTube video while working out or listening to their power playlist, for example. If you previously couldn't use Pop Out Timer because of this limitation, this update changes the game entirely.
All of the existing use cases still work great, of course. Using a timer for a presentation, for example, works a treat. Thanks to this update, whatever the use case, you can now keep track of time in a little window on your iPhone and iPad — no matter what else you happen to be doing.
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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.