The SAMI acronym should've been saved for something with lasting value.
Reference design => nothing really developed yet, but we're First! (until the Apple patent applications begin to show up from 18 months prior)
The Nest thermostat looks nice, but the UI is awful (on par with the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch), its intelligence isn't, and its connectivity is limited. Honeywell does much better with the Prestige 2.0.
It's been a long time since a major Apple hardware product wasn't assembled in China. CTO builds are still 2-3 weeks. I hope this has just been growing pains, not a sign of the best we can do in the U.S.