Apple removes Nest Labs thermostats from US stores

25 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Stores Swap Nest Thermostat For HomeKit Devices.

It was fun while it lasted, but with HomeKit devices appearing on store shelves, the Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat is disappearing from the Apple Store.NEW YORK — One of the questions I posed to Nest Labs founder Tony Fadell just after Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in January 2014 was how weird it would be for him to be working for Google after Apple?Apple confirmed to Mashable it has pulled the web-connected product — considered the first mainstream smart home product — from its shelves and website. As an Apple executive, after all, Fadell was instrumental in creating the iPod. “At the end of the day I have a lot of people who worked with me at Apple here (at Nest),” Fadell told me at the time. “And I still have a ton of friends at Apple.

I got some really nice congratulation notes from some great people at Apple.” The relationship may not be quite as chummy nowadays, not with Fadell firmly ensconced at Google and the two tech goliaths fighting it out in the burgeoning Internet of Things home arena. That’s not to say that you can’t find non-HomeKit devices in Apple’s connected home section, but the Nest Thermostat isn’t most smart home devices, as Mashable points out. It’s probably the most well-known thermostat ever—save perhaps the near-ubiquitous Honeywell brand of not-so-smart home temperature regulators—and the most talked-about smart home device. Despite obvious similarities between the Ecobee3 and Nest’s Learning Thermostat, the two are quite different: Nest’s device takes a couple of weeks to understand you and your usage habits, while the Ecobee3 says it dives right into the energy savings.

Apple’s product assortment is always changing — and it recently scaled down on the number of items it is offering in stores — but the removal doesn’t come as a huge surprise as the company looks to promote the incoming flux of HomeKit-enabled devices. Apple, for example, removed Bose headphones from its stores after Bose and Apple’s Beats brand settled a legal dispute over the noise cancellation technology in premium headphones.

A search for headphones at Apple’s online store does turn up Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for $249.95 but the headphones are listed as “currently unavailable.” For the record, Nest issued a statement saying that “Apple is a valued partner to Nest and our new products will be available through Apple in the coming weeks.” After the Apple Watch and Apple Health were announced, the company later stopped selling Fitbit and Jawbone trackers, though Jawbone trackers returned to Apple stores in June. Bose speakers were temporarily yanked amidst the Beats acquisition, while Nike and Jawbone also saw their gadgets disappear to make way for Apple’s own wearable.

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