Apple has confirmed that about Applebot already know and Siri, a local search engine and Spotlight. Applebot will carry out a global search on the Internet. Recall the fall of 2014, webmasters have noticed that the site recorded visits from search engines with ip-addresses beginning with 17; This block of addresses owned by Apple. Today, information that in Cupertino are developing their own web crawler, there was documentation support services company.
We already know that the search robot Applebot supports custom rules in robots.txt and meta tags for robots. He works in the block ip-address 188.8.131.52.
Currently, Siri uses web search Bing and Wolfram Alpha, so it is quite natural question: why Apple own tool indexing the Internet? The documentation submitted wording vague enough: it is assumed that Applebot will be created to meet the needs of Siri and Spotlight. However, experts do not rule out that the functions Applebot may be much wider.
Is there a chance that after the establishment of Applebot, Apple will compete with Google, Bing and Yahoo? It is unlikely for two main reasons. Firstly, the company focuses on the development of hardware, and online services and software products are used only to increase the attractiveness of the machinery. Of course, iTunes is listed in the Fortune 500 and will continue to grow, but it is a completely separate area, which is also a complement to the hardware.
In addition, Apple has used long enough advertising model of financing in the past year, Tim Cook said that users try the free online services are usually still return to paid services as a more comfortable, safe and technologically advanced:
“A few years ago, users of internet services began to realize that if the resource is free, then it is not you become the buyer and the product and the right to receive, instead of duty. But we at Apple believe that the experience of using software products should be accompanied by an infringement of personal space and privacy. Our business model is very simple: we sell great products. We do not create your profile, based on the information from your e-mail, or a history of Internet search, then sell it to advertisers. ”
Well, I want to believe that Applebot really is just a search robot and that it will interact with Siri and Spotlight for the best results of objective research. However, most likely, some time together Applebot can use Google, Bing or Yahoo as a search engine, the default.