Google’s Nest smart thermostat yanked from the Apple Store

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Inc. Pulls Google Nest Thermostat From Its US Stores.

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. The news was first reported by Forbes that noted that when “Nest” is typed in the search bar of Apple’s US online store, the results draw out products enabled with HomeKit, for example the ecobee 3 smart thermostat.

Introduced in June, Apple’s HomeKit allows smart home devices to connect to iOS devices, which means that users with an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and/or iPod can control their home by giving commands on their Apple device. Moreover, Apple has a reputation of shuffling its products; hence it’s possible that removing the Nest devices off the stores isn’t a permanent move.

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. In a statement to Forbes, Nest confirmed that its new products will be made available “through Apple and other retail channels in the coming weeks.” However nothing was said about the thermostats’ future. 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. 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. While you can’t order the Nest thermostat from Apple anymore, the product is available from Google’s online store—though iOS users holding out hope for Nest HomeKit integration are probably going to be disappointed.

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