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Apple pulls Nest... Grab your coat

Apple has removed arch rival Google's Nest thermostats from its stores and online shop, in the wake of the first wave of HomeKit-enabled products going on sale.

Nest was formed in 2010 by two former Apple engineers, and their smart thermostats and smoke detectors are widely credited with being among the first connected home devices to gain mainstream attention.

The thermostat is no longer available to buy through Apple's online or retail stores, and has been replaced by Apple's own connected home platform HomeKit-enabled thermostat the ecobee3.

Google announced its rival platform Brillo during its developer conference earlier this year, which uses communications protocol Weave. Nest wasacquired by Google in January 2014 for $3.2bn, and recently launched its first product since the deal - a home security camera.

Apple's HomeKit was introduced with iOS 8 at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2014, with a mind to streamline communication between connected home appliances and gadgets. The framework with will with voice-controlled digital assistant Siri, meaning doors could be locked and kettles turned on through spoken command.

Apple has published a list of HomeKit-enabled devices on its site, which includes lighting kits from Lutron, ecobee's thermostats, Elgato Evo sensors and iHome's Control Smart Plug, the majority of which go on sale this month

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