Apple has officially pulled Google’s Nest smart thermostat from their physical and online stores in preparation for more HomeKit-compatible devices such as the Ecobee 3 which went on sale earlier this month.
The Ecobee is one of the first HomeKit-compatible smart thermostats available from Apple. It retails for $249 and is fully compatible with HomeKit and Siri. So you could tell Siri, “Hey Siri, set the temperature to 70 degrees.” and the Ecobee would set the temp to 70.
However this might seen like a shock to some people, this isn’t the first time Apple has done something like this: a report from 9to5Mac claims that “following the announcement of Apple Watch, Apple stopped selling the Fitbit fitness tracking lineup of devices. Not only was Fitbit a competitor to Apple, but it also refused to support Apple’s HealthKit platform. Apple also removed the Jawbone and Nike fitness bands from its retail stores prior to the launch of Apple Watch, although the former of the two returned after missing for 3 months.”
Word is unclear at this point for why Apple decided to remove the Nest from their stores. After all, Nest was co-founded by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers.
Who really knows though? The Nest could in fact make a return just like Jawbone’s products did, but with Apple streamlining the accessories it offers, it seems pretty unlikely.
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