Thursday, February 22, 2024

Apple Unveils New Watch With Dive Features

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If you’re an avid diver who when not diving wears an Apple Watch, the folks at Apple may have had you in mind this week.

Apple this week unveiled a new watch that is water resistant to 100m/328ft and features a depth gauge capable of measuring down to 40m/131ft.

The company said its new Apple Watch Ultra is certified to EN 13319, an internationally recognized standard for dive accessories, including depth gauges that are relied upon by recreational divers around the world.

Utilizing a new depth gauge, Apple Watch Ultra features a Depth app designed with an intuitive user interface. With just a glance, the Depth app displays time, current depth, water temperature, duration underwater, and max depth reached. Users can program the “Action” button to instantly launch the Depth app.

Apple Watch Ultra Midnight Ocean band plus Oceanic+ app (Image credit: Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra Midnight Ocean band plus Oceanic+ app (Image credit: Apple)

In partnership with Huish Outdoors, the new Oceanic+ app turns Apple Watch Ultra into a capable dive computer. Available from the App Store later this fall, the app runs the Bühlmann decompression algorithm and includes dive planning, easy-to-read dive metrics, visual and haptic alerts, no-decompression limit, ascent rate and safety stop guidance.

Apple Watch Ultra Yellow Ocean band with Depth app (Image credit: Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra Yellow Ocean band with Depth app (Image credit: Apple)

Oceanic+ also offers a personalized user profile, reports on current and local dive conditions as well as a dive logbook that can be shared with family and friends and automatically syncs to iPhone.

Apple Watch Ultra Midnight Ocean band with Oceanic+ app (Image credit: Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra Midnight Ocean band with Oceanic+ app (Image credit: Apple)

Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors, said:

“We’re thrilled to partner with Apple to combine our world-renowned expertise in scuba with the unique capability of Apple Watch Ultra to turn the same everyday watch into an innovative dive computer. With Oceanic+, Apple Watch Ultra users can enjoy a new and enriched experience during scuba activities.”

Additionally, Apple released a new band specifically designed for extreme water sports and recreational diving.

The Ocean Band features a titanium buckle and corresponding spring-loaded loop. Molded from a flexible fluoroelastomer, it stretches and utilizes the tubular geometry for a secure fit. The Ocean Band also has an optional extra-long tail that allows users to comfortably wear over a wetsuit.

Apple Watch Ultra bands (Image credit: Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra bands (Image credit: Apple)

Apple Watch Ultra can be pre-ordered today, with availability beginning Friday, September 23rd, 2022. It will retail for US$799/~€788. Click here for more info or check out the video below.

Introducing Apple Watch Ultra | Apple

John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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