The rivalry between tech giants from all across the globe is a commonly known and accepted thing, but if you think about the rivalry between The Cupertino based Apple Inc. and the other Silicon Valley tech giant, Google Inc., then you get to make an idea about what war means in the world of technology. These two major players have a relevance that has already reached a global level and they seem to compete in every aspect, in their continuous journey to the top of the world: global tech dominance. There actions are so big and they have an incredible influence on every aspect. Both of the tech giants battle on the fields of smartphones, they also are enemies when it comes to operating systems. Web browsers and mapping are also on the list of clash areas between the Silicon Valley companies. However, it is interesting that until now Apple Inc. has not yet developed a fully functional search engine. And Google Inc. is certainly no. 1 on the world wide web if you were to take into account this category. Still, some voices have recently started to fill the tech forums with discussions about such a step taken by the Cupertino based tech giant, suggesting that Apple could develop its own search engine.
And the ones who fancy this hypothesis say that Applebot could be a start for such an ambitious project of the company run by Tim Cook as chief executive officer. Applebot has recently been added to the support site of Apple and the new page represents a web crawler.
What is a web crawler you may legitimately ask. Well, to put it simply a web crawler is the core of a search engine. Its main responsibility is to make sure that web indexing functions in a proper way. With the adding of the new page called Applebot on the support site, Apple Inc. has confirmed for the first time that they have such a web crawler.
According to the officials talking on behalf of the Cupertino based tech giant, Applebot is being used by Siri and Spotlight Suggestions.
It is true that having a web crawler does not mean that you are near releasing a search engine. Still, since it exists and has a crucial influence for the functionality of a search engine, there remains the possibility of such an ambitious project by Apple. And that is why this subject became so popular and debated in such a short period of time.
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