Apple is no longer selling the Google-owned Nest smart thermostat online or in its physical shops.
A search for ‘Nest’ at the online Apple Store now returns results for Apple HomeKit-enabled smart home products.
HomeKit is Apple’s smart home platform, although Nest devices currently aren’t compatible with the service.
Apple has reportedly confirmed the removal to Mashable: “
Apple often changes its product roster, although the removal of Nest is conveniently timed.
That’s because the first batch of smart home products for HomeKit are now becoming available to purchase, and Apple will be keen to promote HomeKit-enabled devices.
Back in June, a host of companies began offering a number of connected devices, including Lutron, iHome, Elgato, Ecobee, and Insteon.
Ecobee’s HomeKit-friendly Ecobee3 is a direct competitor to the Nest smart thermostat, so it’s no surprise Apple has ditched the Google-owned rival.
Interestingly, Nest was co-founded by two former Apple engineers – Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. The former is considered to be one of the creators of the first iPod.
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