The Nest smart thermostat may soon by sitting on an Apple store shelf near you, an appropriate move for a company created by the former senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division.
iLounge is reporting that the thermostat, which has gained much popularity in the connected-home-device category, will be sold at Apple’s store for the same price on its website, $249. The thermostat proved that popularity when it was first made available for purchase. It quickly sold out of available pre-orders, and left people waiting into 2012 for orders to be filled. Currently, Nest is available online, in your local Nest-approved stores, as well as in home improvement giant Lowes. The company also announced Tuesday that it will be shipping to Canada.
Nest was created by two former Apple employees, both involved in the iPod division. Tony Fadell oversaw the iPod division as a senior vice president, and Matt Rogers was a lead engineer of iPod software. The thermostat itself is very Apple-like in design. It has a round face, similar to the circular control panel of an iPod, and is a very clean, straightforward device. You can control the thermostat using the thermostat itself, a web interface, and of course, an iPhone or iPad application.