Nest Thermostat update could finally kickstart the Matter smart home era

A big update for the Nest Thermostat, and a big leap forward for the Matter smart home standard, will now make it possible for the smart home gadget to work natively with Apple Home. This will unlock so many possibilities for the thermostat which, although it launched back in 2020, has been given a new lease of life for users to benefit from.

The Nest Thermostat is the first smart thermostat to support the new Matter connected standard. Since the over-air update arrived yesterday (April 18) the thermostat is now compatible with any Matter smart home platform over Wi-Fi. The rollout will continue over the next few weeks according to a post on the Google Nest community page (opens in new tab) so if you’re yet to receive the update, don’t worry: changes are coming.