PSA: Apple Watch Ultra's dive computer isn't yet available

PSA: Apple Watch Ultra's dive computer isn't yet available ...

The Apple Watch Ultra dive computer functionality, which allows the new rugged watch to completely replace a dedicated dive computer, was one of the most impressive features seen in the Apple keynote.

Anyone who has just taken delivery of their Apple Watch Ultra, and is wanting to get their snorkel gear and head to the nearest coral, will have to wait a while.

The Ultra, which is now available on Apple''s web page, equities it into the form of a gearbox, making it more suitable for diving:

Apple Watch Ultra is a new depth gauge, which allows scuba and free divers to learn about descents down to 40 meters.

EN13319 has been certified, which has become an international standard for diving equipment.

A badge for the coming months is jeopardized a little further down.

Coming soon. A fully-featured dive computer. Designed in collaboration with Huish Outdoors, the Oceanic+ app for Apple Watch Ultra supports indoor swimming and free diving.8 It is ideal for recreational swims and free diving down to 40 meters, with all of the benefits that divers need. It is also refreshingly easy to use.

The built-in Depth app has been preinstalled, but Apple expressly cautions that this shouldn''t be used as a dive device.

During recreational underwater activities such as snorkeling, underwater swimming, and shallow free-diving, the Depth app can provide you with basic information. The app records the current time, your current depth, the sessions maximum depth while you have been underwater, and the water temperature.

Underwater activities are risky. The Depth app isn''t a dive computer, it does not provide decompression stop information, gas analysis, or other recreational scuba diving applications. Always use a secondary depth gauge and timer. Before diving, ensure your Apple Watch Ultra is free of cracks or other damage.

Once the Oceanic+ app is available, you will then receive a certified Apple Watch Ultra dive computer.

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

Metrics that make more sense. Most dive computers require a complex sequence of button pushing to get what you need. Oceanic+ simply allows you to access additional screens via the DigitalCrown. It uses colorcoding on the large, bright display to make complex information easier to understand.

All of the safety warnings you expect from a dive computer are included in Oceanic+, from decompression limits to excessive ascent rates and safety stops. The app uses a Buhlmann decompression algorithm to constantly check dive parameters, giving you the data you need at an instant.

From sea to cloud. Get the dive data from your dive immediately after your surface, including your GPS entry and exit points. It then syncs automatically to your iPhone and the cloud. Check out your dive profile and enter your logbook to look through previous dives or share your experiences with friends and family.

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