iPod of thermostats now available from the Apple Store

iPod of thermostats now available from the Apple Store

Summary: Tony Fadell's "iPod of thermostats" is now shipping from the Apple Store. Initial pre-orders of the $249 device sold out shortly after introduction in late 2011.


Nest thermostat now available from Apple Store - Jason O'Grady I've been wanting a Wi-Fi thermostat for my house for a while now and was trying to decide between the Nest Learning Thermostat ($249) and the Ecobee Smart Si thermostat ($215).

Although the Nest was my preference (more on that in a second), it's been sold out since its announcement in October 2011, so I almost purchased the Ecobee Smart Si out of necessity.

But I'm glad I waited because Nest is now in wide distribution from the Apple Store and Lowes.

Nest appealed to me because co-founder Tony Fadell is widely considered to the "father of the iPod" having overseen 18 generations of the ubiquitous device during his Apple tenure.

Fadell started working for Apple February 2001 as a contractor designing the iPod and planning Apple's audio product strategy. He eventually became Senior Vice President of the iPod Division succeeding Jon Rubinstein in 2006.

Nest is dead simple to use. It watches your behavior as you adjust its temperature settings for the first few days, then it takes over from there. Once Nest has learned your heating/cooling rituals it programs itself and takes over from there.

Each time you change the temperature Nest learns your preferences and adapts accordingly. And if it's ever a little too hot or cold and your lying on the sofa or in bed, it's trivial to adjust the temperature setting from your iPhone or iPad using the Nest Mobile app for iOS (free, App Store).

Topic: Apple

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  • The Nest looks really cool

    And very user friendly but I have reservations about the price - I have 3 thermostats in my house and I'd be spending $750 for thermostats... I'm still trying to justify spending $80 per thermostat for the programmable ones. If they were around $100 each I could very likely justify it as we could use out iPhones to change the temp...
  • Sounds interesting. Pity it doesn't work on wood burners.

    Providing firewood for ours is horrendously hard work and we can turn it down only so far. Push both knobs in and if you aren't keeping a careful watch it can go out. :-0
    Laraine Anne Barker
  • It's well worth the extra $$ !!!!

    I too was interested in Nest when I first heard about it last fall. I signed up on the website to be notified when it was available. I got my Nest in January and immediately installed it. It was very simple to install and even easier to use. Best yet, we are actually saving money on our heating and cooling bills and are more comfortable too. Start with one and use it in your most active heat/cool area. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to use - while saving money.

    I replaced a $100+ "energy saver" unit that replaced another programable thermostat. I was always fighting to get the right program in and running and fine tuned. Silly me - all I needed was the Nest.