Sunday, July 14, 2024

Your iPhone’s Clock App Is Getting a Big New Feature with iOS 18 « iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks

When iOS 17 first came out, the iPhone’s Clock app received a giant new feature, one that lets you set multiple timers and keep track of them on the Lock Screen, in the Notification Center, and in the Dynamic Island. The upcoming iOS 18 software update will give us something just as exciting for the stopwatch.

In an early iOS 17.4 beta build, Apple previewed what Live Activities for Clock’s stopwatch tool would look like. Unfortunately, the Live Activity never showed up in the stable iOS 17.4 and iOS 17.5 releases. While it may still appear in a future iOS 17 update, it’s more likely to work on iOS 18 where it’s currently live in the beta.

On iOS 18, you simply open Clock, tap “Stopwatch” in the tab bar, and hit “Start” on either the digital or analog view to begin the counting. You could also ask Siri to start the stopwatch, activate it from a search in Spotlight, or touch and hold Clock’s icon on your Home Screen or App Library and initiate it from the quick actions.

You can view the stopwatch’s Live Activity from your Lock Screen or Notification Center as the time elapses. It also is visible in the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, and iPhone 15 and 15 Plus.

Like in the Clock app, you can pause the stopwatch and record laps. After pausing, you can stop and exit the stopwatch and Live Activity. This works from the Lock Screen, Notification Center, and expanded Dynamic Island (touch and hold the Dynamic Island to see the controls). If you want to see the analog interface, you can swipe to it in the Clock app, but it won’t appear as such in the Live Activity.

While Clock’s timer feature has been compatible with Live Activities since Live Activities’ introduction on iOS 16.1, there was no way to view the stopwatch outside of the Clock app. Including Live Activities support reduces the chance of accidentally activating and forgetting the stopwatch. It also lets you use other apps without having to go back to Clock every time you want to interact with the stopwatch.

Just updated your iPhone? You’ll find new features for Podcasts, News, Books, and TV, as well as important security improvements and fresh wallpapers. Find out what’s new and changed on your iPhone with the iOS 17.5 update.

Cover photo, screenshot, and GIF by Jovana Naumovski/Gadget Hacks


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