One of Apple’s main selling points for the Apple Watch Ultra, unveiled in September, was that it could be used as a diving computer. Today, Oceanic+, the software that enables that feature, officially launched for the Ultra, according to Apple.
Apple Watch Ultra breakdown indicates new repair angles that are more difficult. Some of the capabilities in the app are powered by the Watch Ultra’s depth gauge and water temperature sensors.
You must purchase a $4.99 per day, $9.99 per month, or $79.99 annual subscription to the app’s premium version to access some of those capabilities, such as decompression tracking. A family package is also offered; it costs $129.99 per year. You can still utilize several essential services like dive logs, depth tracking, and so forth, even if you don’t subscribe.
You can track dive conditions like tides, water temperature, and more using the app, which was created in collaboration with Apple by a firm named Huish Outdoors.
Here is a brief overview of the announcement from Apple’s blog post
Users can enter their surface time, and depth, in the dive planner, and Oceanic+ will compute their No Deco (no-decompression) time—a measure used to establish a time restriction for a diver at a particular depth.
The planner also considers recent information from the community, such as visibility and currents, dive conditions like tides, water temperature, and even visibility and currents.
After a dive, customers will automatically see data, such as their GPS entry and exit positions and a summary of their dive profile, appear on their Apple Watch Ultra.
Additional details are available in the Oceanic+ iPhone app’s summary, including graphs showing the depth, temperature climb rate, and no-decompression limit, as well as a map of the entry and exit points.
Many functions are geared at pre-planning dives or seeing dive reports afterward, but the app uses haptics to warn you when you use underwater capabilities.
The highly brilliant screen of the Watch Ultra can also aid in reading while submerged. Other Apple Watch models cannot use the app.
You must pair an Apple Watch running watchOS 9.1 with an iPhone 8 or later running iOS 16.1 to use it.