Apple announces ‘coming soon’ features on Apple Watch Ultra and Series 8

Apple appears to have teased some upcoming Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch Series 8 features on the product page for each device. First spotted by 9to5Mac, features include things like racing route, full dive computer functionality and HomeKit integration from the wrist.

Some of them were announced by Apple during the official announcement of the last generation in September, but before that there was no idea when they would actually arrive. It appears that a change in page previews on Apple’s website indicates that they may be coming soon.

Instead of no mention of features, a “Coming Soon” banner now appears next to certain sections, with a few description items hinting at a release before the end of 2022.

Race route

As seen on the Series 8 product page (but not the SE 2), a feature that appears to be called “Running Route” will arrive in a future version of watchOS 9.

Apple describes it as “coming later this year” and says that those whose exercise routine includes running outdoors or cycling the same route will be better able to match their best performances.

If you regularly ride the same outdoor cycling or running course, try to beat your last time or personal best and get real-time guidance on how to get there “, we can read on the page.

Trace detection

This feature only appears on the Apple Watch Ultra page for now and gives us a preview of how the Exercise app will handle track workouts. It appears to automatically detect the user’s presence on a running track, then asks for details about which track, presumably for more accurate tracking.

Motion detects when you arrive at a track and uses data from both Apple Maps and GPS to provide the most accurate pace, distance and route map” says Apple.

Oceanic+ support

We have many details about Watch Ultra’s ability to function as a dive computer when it was first introduced a few months ago, but aside from using the Depth app to record water temperature and, yes, depth, a full-fledged app was missing.

However, the full support comes with the Oceanic+ app also advertised on the product page. “The Oceanic+ iPhone app not only calculates the depth and duration of each dive. It also includes metrics like tides, water temperature, and even other community-shared information like visibility and currents.” says Apple.

Users can also usesmart watchto plan dives, with safety warnings included. Depth tracking, GPS tracking, a log of up to 12 dives, snorkeling and other features will also be available in the free version of the app, but a subscription is required to benefit from advanced features.

HomeKit integration

Although there is no mention of this on any Apple Watch product page, a future Family Setup update will bring HomeKit capabilities to Apple Watch devices configured for children. “Your children can be invited to the Home app as members and can control your HomePod speakers and smart home accessories such as thermostats and lights” says Apple.

The option to let the parentsadd house keys, hotel keys and more to Walletfor children from Family Setup will also come in a future update.

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