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Nest Thermostat Added to Apple Online Store

Following news from late last week that the Nest thermostat from iPod creator Tony Fadell would be coming to Apple's retail stores, the device has just been added to the company's online store. While currently not available for pickup in retail store locations, it should be making its way to the brick-and-mortar locations shortly.


The Nest thermostat is priced at $249.95 in the U.S. online store and is just one of a number of products featured in Apple's App-Enabled Accessories section. The thermostat can be controlled via a free universal iOS app [App Store], with access to controls also available through web browsers.
The Nest Learning Thermostat helps you stop wasting energy, while providing control using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Consider that your thermostat controls about half your energy bill—more than TV, appliances, and lighting combined. But it's wasting energy every time it turns on the heating or cooling system in an empty house. The Nest Learning Thermostat solves this problem by programming itself, turning itself down when you're away, and keeping track of your energy use.
Apple features a number of such app-enabled products in its online store, including the Parrot AR.Drone, iGrill cooking thermometer and Withings blood pressure monitor. Several such products are also available in Apple's retail stores.

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Posted: 28 months ago
Yay! Now hackers can break into your home network while you're not there, set your temperature real high and kill your pets!
Rating: 12 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
Am I the only one here who doesn't 'Get it'? In essence, its only useful feature is being able to set the thermostat remotely...everything else is fairly pointless...its a thermostat at the end of the day. Are we soon going to see iOS enabled toilet flushers?!

As nice as it looks, it just seems like its a bit of a gimmick for people to basically say 'I've got one and can blow $250 on something that looks fancy but performs such a mundane task'.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
Really who cares? Not sure what's worse, this site reporting on a thermostat or Apple selling one?
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
I think a lot of people who have posted here aren't really grasping the concept the way I am. I see it as a hand-off, out-of-mind system. Like potty training a puppy. You work with it for a few weeks, and eventually it can do it on its own. The fact that it will learn your patterns, and recognizes when you're away is impressive. The ability to control the system wirelessly is just a bonus, not the key concept.

For the record, I was trying to set the AC last night and was close to removing it from the wall and lighting it on fire. As others have said, I just want the heat on at this temp, and the AC on at another temp, simple enough? No, they've over-engineered something so simple. The Nest solves that problem. The nest will do that for you.

When I first saw the price, my first thought was, “where do I buy it?” That’s a reasonable price to pay for clean, stylish design paired with simplicity and convenience.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago

I don't know about you? But in my house, I find people are constantly pressing the temp up/down buttons on my thermostat to override the current programmed settings if they feel it's "too hot" or "too cold" -- making the fixed schedule less useful.


Never happens in my household. Guess the weather is a little erratic where you are. Here we pretty much have cold weather for 8 months, mild weather for 3 months and hot weather for 1 month (if we're lucky).

Sorry...still dont get it. It may be a 'big deal' in the US, but outside...not so much. It's still $250 just for the ability to set the temperature of your thermostat and have your thermostat turn off when you're not home. A heavily overpriced product. $99 would be a lot more realistic...seriously, this thing is not the second coming, its a thermostat. If it hadn't been made by an ex-Apple employee I highly doubt we'd be having this discussion.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago

I've never understood why all thermostats offer programmability when it's such a pointless feature. What would be infinitely more useful is also exceedingly simpler: min and max. Does this thermostat have that feature?

e.g. I want to put in just two numbers. 68f and 76f. If the temperature in the house is ever below 68f, I want it to be heated up to 68f. If the house is ever above 76f, I want it cooled down to 76f. Obviously, no action needed while temp is between 68f and 76f.

What's annoying is having to manually toggle a thermostat between cool and heat and having to adjust the target temp accordingly. Or I can set it to auto but then it only takes one number. For budget (and comfort) concerns, I don't want to pick a number in between 68f and 76f that solves for both heating and cooling; there is no perfect number.

What wastes energy and raises your energy bill is heating the house when you are not there. Do you need the house at 72 degrees when no one is there? Also, do you need the house at 72 degrees when you are sleeping? Why not lower it to 68 or so and have the thermostat automatically heat the house just before you wake every morning.

Mine saves me about $50 a month than before I had a programmable thermostat. Is that pointless?
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
Turning the knobs is very satisfying. I bought two...
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
Is the thing smart enough to know that I am home but not moving? Watching tv or having a snooze on the couch, for example?

Is the thing smart enough to know that I am away but my dog is doing laps around the living room and does not need the heat on?

If not than I am gonna have to babysit it almost as much as the $20 manual thermostat I have right now and, in some cases it will waste energy instead of saving it.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
I've never understood why all thermostats offer programmability when it's such a pointless feature. What would be infinitely more useful is also exceedingly simpler: min and max. Does this thermostat have that feature?

e.g. I want to put in just two numbers. 68f and 76f. If the temperature in the house is ever below 68f, I want it to be heated up to 68f. If the house is ever above 76f, I want it cooled down to 76f. Obviously, no action needed while temp is between 68f and 76f.

What's annoying is having to manually toggle a thermostat between cool and heat and having to adjust the target temp accordingly. Or I can set it to auto but then it only takes one number. For budget (and comfort) concerns, I don't want to pick a number in between 68f and 76f that solves for both heating and cooling; there is no perfect number.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 28 months ago
This is fancy thermostat but the one I have now is just fine. Programmable and it's simple to use once you learn how to use it. If you can install this thing yourself, you can program the common programmable thermostats - it's really ironic to say this thing is so easy to use while other thermostats are too hard and confusing to use (non-intuitive) but you can install this yourself??

I would not hesitate to buy it in a heartbeat but the $249 price tag is way too high. If it was $99, I would snatch it up. $149 tops to include wifi capabilities.

And I don't have A/C, I only use the heater 6 months out of the whole year and no thermostat including this one will reduce your natural gas bills - it's just common sense to RUN YOUR FURNACE LESS to reduce the bills! You can do that with any thermostat on the market and ones that are $20.
Rating: 3 Votes

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