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  • Apple Confirms and Provides Detail on New "AppleBot" Web Crawler


    Apple has recently confirmed and provided some details of a long-rumored web crawling service, which was originally noticed last November. The information comes from details provided in a recently-updated support document. According to Apple, AppleBot is a crawler that primarily serves Siri and Spotlight. Both services offer web search capabilities though until now it was thought that Apple had routed queries through an existing search engine such as Google or Bing.

    As some of you may have guessed, AppleBot is set to function similarly to Google’s Googlebot, with Apple advising developers that it will follow Googlebot instructions if no AppleBot-specific instructions are found. Website operators are urged to contact Apple’s network operations center with any questions or concerns about the crawler.
    It hasn’t been made clear how long AppleBot has been operational in production though the supporting document first appeared in February but was only populated with actual content over the last month.

    We’ll have to wait and see where Apple is headed with this by seeing how the AppleBot crawler comes to fruition overtime.

    Source: Apple (Support)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Confirms and Provides Detail on New "AppleBot" Web Crawler started by Akshay Masand View original post