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Nest Learning Thermostat available in Apple stores soon?

updated 09:50 pm EDT, Fri May 25, 2012

Company founded by ex-Apple VP Tony Fadell

Numerous reports claim that the Learning Thermostat from Nest will be available at Apple retail stores shortly. Nest is a company formed around developing and marketing the thermostat by Apple's former senior vice president and original iPod architect Tony Fadell. The thermostat is listed in Apple inventory databases, but MacNN has confirmed no stock is available to purchase at this time.

The Learning Thermostat and it's accompanying iOS application analyzes a home's occupancy and temperature control habits to manage and regulate energy expenditure. The application keeps track of energy history for the last 10 days. The thermostat monitors conditions in the house and will program itself as schedules change. Multiple thermostat units can be installed and will communicate with each other to coordinate monitoring of the home.

Airwave technology built into the unit takes advantage of an air conditioning unit's thermal load after shutdown -- the unit remains cool for several minutes after it shuts off, and the thermostat keeps the home circulating fan on for that time for a higher energy efficiency. Activity and humidity sensors monitor the surroundings of the thermostat. A built in Wi-Fi connection keeps an eye on the weather to help with analysis of electric usage and temperature conditioning.

While the Learning Thermostat interfaces with an iOS application, it is not technically required to use the thermostat. All of the thermostat functions are accessible at the face of the thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat may be the first device sold in an Apple store that is completely stand alone and requires no other information technology products to function.

By Electronista Staff


  1. ryanjo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2001


    needs more capability

    Great thermostat, wish I could use it -- not compatible with multistage heat pumps. Since these are the most efficient high-end cooling systems, why would you make an expensive thermostat that can't be used with those units?

  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002


    agreed, and non-US...

    ...the NEST website doesn't mention it is currently a USA only product - there are many colder countries this might be handy!

  1. PRoth

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2008


    US only

    When asked about availability in Canada, here's an excerpt from an email I received from Nest support earlier this month:

    "We’re definitely excited about the world wide interest we have received but Nest is currently only available in the US, this is due to compatibility primarily being that Nest requires a 24v AC system."

    What I'm not sure of is whether AC refers to air conditioning or alternating current. My really crappy thermostat that I have now does run on 24V alternating current. So I don't see what the problem might be...

  1. msuper69

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jan 2000


    Great product....

    The Apple design and functionality influence is evident. This would be a great addition to the Apple Stores (online and brick and mortar).
    I like mine immensely.

  1. Tanker10a

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003


    English Please!

    "The Learning Thermostat and it's accompanying iOS application"...should read:
    "The Learning Thermostat and its accompanying iOS application..."
    As in: "its" being a possessive versus "it's" is a contraction of "it is"...Thank
    you very much!

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