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Apple Stores to Sell Nest Thermostat

NewImageApple Retail Stores will sell the Nest thermostat, according to a report from iLounge.

The Nest is the brainchild of Tony Fadell, one of the co-creators of the original iPod. A Wi-Fi enabled thermostat that learns from the user and promises significant energy savings, not to mention a much greater ease of use than traditional "smart" thermostats.

The Nest's iPhone app allows users to check and change their Nest's temperature and schedule remotely. It also allows users to view the history of their heating and cooling systems over the past 10 days. It's available free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

The thermostat will be sold for $249, the same price as on the Nest web store. Nest has also expanded its distribution to Lowe's.

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Posted: 28 months ago
Is it just me, or is this actually kind of a big deal? Selling a third party product that has an Apple design ethic that stretches out of consumer electronics into home lifestyle seems to be a step into another area that Apple hasn't been in before.
Rating: 37 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago

Is it just me, or is this actually kind of a big deal? Selling a third party product that has an Apple design ethic that stretches out of consumer electronics into home lifestyle seems to be a step into another area that Apple hasn't been in before.


I don't think they would be selling them if they hadn't been created by Tony Fadell.
Rating: 29 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
Own one. Love it. Comes with three different mounting applications. I prefer the clean look with no back plate.
Rating: 17 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago

Is it just me, or is this actually kind of a big deal? Selling a third party product that has an Apple design ethic that stretches out of consumer electronics into home lifestyle seems to be a step into another area that Apple hasn't been in before.


I don't think they would be selling them if they hadn't been created by Tony Fadell.

Apple sells iPhone enabled scales (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H4867VC/A/WiFi_body_scale_by_Withings), blood pressure cuffs (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H6012ZM/A/Withings_Smart_Blood_Pressure_Monitor), and meat thermometers (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H6252VC/A/igrill-grilling-cooking-thermometer).

This isn't surprising at all. What IS surprising is that it took this long.
Rating: 12 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago

Is it just me, or is this actually kind of a big deal? Selling a third party product that has an Apple design ethic that stretches out of consumer electronics into home lifestyle seems to be a step into another area that Apple hasn't been in before.


I don't know how usual/unusual this is; but it strikes me as a very positive step. Nice to see a good working relationship between Apple and (the new employer of) an ex-Apple staffer.
Rating: 12 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago

So you think pets don't deserve to also be in a nice warm or cool home? If I was like you and only cooled my place while I was in it I'd never have an indoor pet. Because the pet would be hot while I am away if it was inside because I only cared enough to cool the place while I am there.

But I am not like that. I care for animals.


Whoa whoa whoa...what right do you have to say I don't care for my pets? I have three cats and a dog, and I love them all. I take them to the vet, give them love and attention, keep them safely in the house or yard so they don't get injured. And my home is never at a temperature that would cause them harm. It's not like the temperature in the house goes up to 100 degrees or down to freezing when I'm away from the house.

Do you honestly think the pets care if kept right at 72 degrees? If you keep your house heated or cooled to the temperatures you prefer because you think it matters to your pets, you're wasting some serious money on your heating and cooling bills. That's fine for you, but not for me. The house can be 50 degrees and the pets are fine. The house can be 85 degrees and they're fine. In the summer, they have a nice cool basement to go into if they're too hot. In the winter, there's a sunroom that's always warmer than the rest of the house if they're too cold. And don't forget...they have fur to keep them warm. The point in my previous statement was that the animals aren't going to be bothered by the usual fluctuations in temperature throughout the day.

In the future, you really should try to avoid making assumptions about people when you have no idea what you're talking about.
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
I have three of them so far. Beautiful device, fantastic interface and highly functional. Right up Apple's alley. Was developed with Al Gore VC money, so there are lots of Apple connections here
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago

I just saw this at lowes and was amazed at how good it looked. I'm interested to read some reviews.


I have one, and I can't say enough good things about it. I saw a huge reduction in the number of hours my heating system ran over the winter, and I'm looking forward to similar savings on A/C this summer.

The reviews on the internet are just about universally positive... the one downside being that it costs $250. HOWEVER $250 is well in line with mid-range programmable thermostats, and the Nest is *far and away* a better device than anything in that price range.

It's also really important to remember that if you buy any other thermostat, what you get on day one is what you'll have 10 years later. The Nest software, however, is being constantly upgraded. They added a badass new feature that will run your fan after your A/C compressor shuts off to use up the extra cold that is stored in the core and "coast" the last degree or two up to the desired temperature (which I can't wait to try... it only works when temperature and humidity conditions make it possible, and we haven't been dry enough yet). And they just started emailing out monthly energy audits that show you how your energy usage stacks up against the national average.

The leap in technology from the previous generation of thermostat to the Nest is like going from a 2000-era flip phone to the original iPhone. It's a total game-changer. (Oh, and an iPhone won't save you 20% on your home heating bill).

Go back to Lowes and buy the darn thing right now!
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
This sounds as weird as Apple agreeing to sell TiVos in their stores.
...which actually almost happened once. Seriously.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=27648

I worked at Apple Retail back then, and even got a partner discount on their annual subscription before the whole thing fell through.

I don't think the "control it from your iPhone!" connection is strong enough for this to make sense.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago

I don't think they would be selling them if they hadn't been created by Tony Fadell.


Maybe, but Apple does sell other accessory type products with iOS connectivity so this isn't so exceptional.

EDIT: Beaten to the point!
Rating: 6 Votes

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