The Apple Watch Ultra was unveiled last September as a highly durable and ruggedized Apple Watch. One of the first scenes shown during the livestream announcement was the Apple Watch Ultra as it was descending into water. The display showed ambient water temperature and the depth level in feet. Apple is announcing the Oceanic app for Watch Ultra which makes it a diving computer.
Oceanic was designed by Huish Outdoors in collaboration with Apple and it lets the wearer access lots of relevant information for divers. The Apple Watch Ultra can be submerged to up to 40 m (130 ft) deep and uses its depth gauge and water temp sensors to collect additional data.
The app will show divers a warning if they are descending or ascending too quickly and it will show an estimated time it’d take to get back to the surface. The app will also let divers set compass heading during a dive. There is also a planner that takes tide, temperature, visibility, and currents into account before going on a dive. Watch face complications can show the wearer no-fly time, surface time, among others.
Oceanic will use the Taptic Engine and the Apple Watch Ultra’s big bright display to notify the diver of any crucial info during a diving session. While there is a limited free version of the app, you can fully unlock the app for $5/day, $10/month, or $80/year. A family license of the app can also be purchased for $130/year. Oceanic requires the Apple Watch Ultra running WatchOS 9.1 and paired with an iPhone 8 or newer on iOS 16.1