Tony Fadell's Nest thermostat rumored to be sold in Apple Stores Soon
Rumor has it that ex-Apple executive Tony Fadell, who many consider to be the “grandfather of the iPod,” will reportedly begin selling the Nest learning thermostat in Apple retail stores in the near future. According to iLounge, the Nest thermostat will be sold in Apple stores, making it an interesting addition to the store’s current product lineup. If the rumor turns out to be true, the move to carry a third-party item that isn’t associated with an Apple product, such as iPhone cases, speakers, and other accessories, will be a rare exception to the retail outlets’ traditional stock list.
Aside from having an iPhone app and being created by former vice president of Apple’s iPod division Tony Fadell, the Nest learning thermostat doesn’t have any ties with the Cupertino California company. The device itself is the first product from the startup Nest Labs, which has founded by Fadell after he left Apple in 2010.
For those of you who don’t know, Nest analyzes a user’s temperature settings and operating habits to help maximize energy savings for users. The thermostat also mates a custom operating system with slick design elements, along with advanced wireless controls and a user-friendly UI. HVAC operation is performed either on-unit or over a Wi-Fi network from a smartphone. As of right now, the unit is offered by Lowe’s and Nest’s online store. It sells for $249 and will likely remain the same price if and when Apple begins to carry the product.