Apple gets serious about search with Applebot for Siri and Spotlight
Even though Apple has verbally been reluctant to compete with companies it can partner with for specific services, the story of Apple and Google is a different one. Apple didn’t want to compete with Google Maps, up until it launched and failed with Apple Maps. The same can be said about Apple and search engines, but today things change drastically.
Apple has just announced Applebot, its new crawler to help provide search results for Siri and Spotlight. In the past Apple would rely on either Google or Bing to provide Siri with search results, but it seems this will no longer be the case. We do remember of an Apple job listing a few months back that led a few rumors here and there, but the news went mute just as soon as they started.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple is getting into the search engine business, but if the Googlebot is what enables Google’s search business to be what it is, it’s hard to not draw conclusions with the existence of an Applebot.