Dead to me: Apple’s Schiller ‘unfollows’ Tony Fadell and Nest after Google acquisition

“Only a few days after ‘father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell agreed to sell thermostat and smoke detector maker Nest to Google for north of three billion dollars, Apple senior vice president (and former Fadell colleague) Phil Schiller has unfollowed the Nest CEO and the Nest company on Twitter,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“As the protector of Apple’s brand, Schiller’s unfollowing of Fadell and Nest is perhaps unsurprising,” Gurman reports. “With the Nest deal, a source says that Google will gain approximately 200 former Apple employees.”

“The majority of Nest employees worked at Apple over the course of their careers, with many being involved in high-profile projects like the iPod, iPad, and iPhone,” Gurman reports. “The design of the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect have also been compared to the designs of Apple products, so the fact that Nest’s products are now under the umbrella of Apple’s fiercest competitor may not be a pleasing sight for Apple’s marketing head.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We never followed Tony or Nest Labs, but we are replacing our Nest thermostats with fuller featured, far more reliable Honeywell devices.

A lot has been made of Google getting former Apple employees with their wild overpayment for Nest Labs. However, if Apple really wanted and valued these employees, they’d still be at Apple.


  1. Google pays over the odds to gain skill set of workforce.

    surely not…. this has never been done before…. not even Apple would buy a company to get the workforce that comes with it…..I’m shocked.

    Equally, how many of Nests potential products were first considered by their workforce when working for Apple ?

  2. apple is a gestalt ..everything they do, how they do it, how they approach, how they inspire their colleagues to see the current vision, etc. some people say it’s magic …but, it’s a gestalt. it’d be pointless to try and list all the things that make a contribution.

    conversely, gestalts are a little bit like magic. i’m pretty sure, though, that petty jealousies and petty resentments aren’t part of the magic. i bet sj would tell his fellow officers to stay focused cuz no good vision needs a distraction unless, of course, your girlfriend says she needs a new pair of shoes. and maybe, a bra and a nice top. maybe, some nice stretchy jeans.

  3. Not so childish. If you don’t want to have anything to do with Google (as I don’t — long before Android was released), you don’t want to have anything to do with Google.

    I wish people would give the model number of alternative thermostats that they have found and liked. My refund check from Nest arrived the Friday BEFORE the Google announcement so I just dodged the bullet but the Honeywell the oil co. installed after they repaired the damage the Nest had caused (repair and replacement paid for by Nest) is crap. Model TH4110D. Thanks.

    1. I replaced Honeywell thermostats with Nest ones because Honeywell’s interface is total garbage. There’s no reason the instruction manual needs to be 100 pages for a thermostat.

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