Nest Thermostats Are Pulled from Apple Stores And Replaced with HomeKit
Apple offered the sale of Nest Thermostat in some of its retail stores and virtual shelves about three years ago. The sale first appeared on Apple stores on May 2012. But, now Apple has finally removed the Nest Thermostats from online store.
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There is no confirmation is they are gone forever or for some time only. Apple has done this due to the release of its first batch of HomeKit-enabled products. Nest was initially created in 2010 by two of the Apple’s former engineers. Smart thermostats and smoke detectors were invented by the duo and they gained much popularity and attention.
Although they are not available online now, but they have been replaced by Apple’s very own home platform HomeKit-enabled thermostat the ecobee3. The news was initially broken by Forbes which claimed that upon entering the word “Nest”; the Apple’s online stores shows HomeKit-enabled products like the ecobee 3 smart thermostat.
Apple’s homekit was launched Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2014. It was introduced with iOS 8. Apple launched it with the aim to streamline communication between connected gadgets and home appliances. The mechanism will be based on voice control, for example, you can literally speak to your kettle to start it and your doors to shut properly.
Apple is also planning to release its first smart home products compatible with the HomeKit platform. They won’t be much similar to Nest, but it will be worth the products that will work with the tighter integration of your iOS 8.
Apple has published a list of HomeKit-enabled devices on its site, which includes lighting kits from Lutron, Elgato Evo sensors, ecobee's thermostats and iHome's Control Smart Plug, the majority of which go on sale this month. Nest was acquired by Google in January 2014 for $3.2bn, and recently it launched its first product since the deal - a home security camera.
It does not plan to shut selling the Nest products. A spokesperson for Nest stated that Apple is considered as a valuable partner for the company, and that its new devices will resume selling through Apple along with other channels over the coming weeks.
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And during the legal imbroglio between Bose and Apple-owned Beats, the former company’s products were temporarily removed from Apple stores. It is speculated that the unavailability of Nest’s product from the Apple’s sites in US will be only for a month and Apple will start selling them again, very soon.