Apple Watch Ultra dive computer not available until later this year

One of the most impressive features shown in Apple’s keynote was the Apple Watch Ultra dive computer functionality. This effectively allows the new robust watch to completely replace a dedicated dive computer.

But anyone who just received their Apple Watch Ultra and wants to put on their scuba gear and head down to the nearest coral will have to wait a while…

Apple’s web page for the Ultra initially makes it sound like it’s ready to roll for diving:

Built to withstand jet skiing in Maunalua Bay or kitesurfing in the gorge. The Apple Watch Ultra has a new depth gauge. It also provides the data and functionality required by scuba and freedivers for descents down to 40 metres.

EN13319 certified. An internationally recognized standard for diving accessories.

But a little further down there is a “Coming Soon” badge.

Coming soon. A dive computer with all functions. Designed in collaboration with renowned underwater innovators Huish Outdoors, the Oceanic+ app for Apple Watch Ultra puts a bona fide dive computer on your wrist.8 Made for recreational and freediving down to 40 meters with all the core features divers need. It is also refreshingly easy to use.

The built-in Depth app is pre-installed, but Apple specifically warns that this should not be used as a dive computer.

During recreational underwater activities such as snorkeling, underwater swimming and shallow freediving, the Depth app can show you important information. The Depth app shows the current time, your current depth, the session’s maximum depth while underwater, and the water temperature.

Underwater activities are risky. The Depth app is not a dive computer and does not provide information about decompression stops, gas analysis or other recreational diving functionality. If you are using Apple Watch Ultra where failure of the device could lead to death, personal injury or serious environmental damage, always use a secondary depth gauge and timer/clock. Before going diving, make sure your Apple Watch Ultra is free of cracks or other damage.

When the Oceanic+ app is available, you have a certified Apple Watch Ultra dive computer.

A dive planner with local knowledge. The Oceanic+ app on iPhone goes beyond just calculating depth and time by integrating local conditions like tides, water temperatures, and even community information like visibility and current. Or simply use your watch to quickly and easily plan your dive.

Measurements that make more sense. Most dive computers require a complex sequence of button presses to get what you need. Oceanic+ gives you access to additional screens by simply turning the Digital Crown. It uses color coding on the large, bright screen to make complex information easy to understand.

Safety never stops. All the safety warnings you expect from a dive computer are built into the Oceanic+, from decompression limits to excessive ascent rates and safety stops. The app runs a Bühlmann decompression algorithm to constantly calculate and monitor dive parameters, giving you the data you need at a glance.

Data after dive. From sea to cloud. Get the data from your dive immediately after surfacing, including your GPS entry and exit points. It automatically syncs to your iPhone and the cloud. See an overview of your dive profile and check your logbook to search through previous dives or share your experiences with friends and family.

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