Apple has revealed that it has its own dedicated web crawler designed at improving searches made using its Siri and Spotlight tools.
In a brief official statement, Apple said that Applebot crawled the web in the same way that rival Google’s Googlebot does. It looks for robots.txt files to tell it what results to show and what to keep out.
There had been rumours of Applebot ever since the end of last year, with web developers spotting mentions of the tool. It continued to appear throughout the winter, although it is only now that Apple has admitted its existence.
Its official arrival shouldn’t affect Siri and Spotlight searches. However, it does show that Apple does not want to be reliant on Google or Microsoft for web searches made on its iOS devices.
Could this herald an Apple search engine? It seems unlikely. But at a time when self–reliance is becoming increasingly important for big tech companies, this is another major move for Apple.
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