It’s important to know that time exists outside of the matrix due to existence outside of matrix being of substance
Inside the matrix, everyone is just living chemical reactions and as time can be stopped, then these people could continue their lives. Continue their lives in regard to them providing power to the machines, if this is still the subplot.
If the machines wanted, they could relive a single day multiple times yet still reflect the RSI of the person hooked up to the matrix. If it were not for the inherent anomaly, choice, this could be done indefinitely.
time doesn’t necessarily have to continue inside the matrix, so the idea matrix to time travel even though it seems logical, is not.
remember what the Oracle says, when Neo and her sit and talk..
also notice what she does. she offers him a red candy.
And she says to him, “you have the sight, now Neo. You are looking at the world without time.”
Some have said that Zion is also part of the method of control, and indirectly, also part of the Matrix.
by Matrix i mean the interface between machine and flesh and blood, both for those connected to the Matrix on a ship and those in the pods, the collective consciousness imprinted on the minds of the flesh and blood. If you mean Zion is another ‘simulation’, in a layer of simulations, running concurrently, then I’d need convincing. The same way Sati made the sunrise, the same way we see a black cat when something changes, Time could be stopped at any moment in the Matrix and yet, the flesh and blood functions of people in pods could continue, without knowing anything. When the whole Matrix became Neo and Smith, existence was just paused for those in pods.
for in the matrix there is no time