Applebot is the web crawler for Apple, used by products including Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. It respects customary robots.txt rules and robots meta tags. It originates in the 18.104.22.168 net block. – Apple Inc. support document
“Is it likely that Apple is developing its own search engine, with plans to take on Google, Bing and Yahoo?” Lovejoy writes. “I think not, for two reasons.”
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MacDailyNews Take: This is likely, as Lovejoy asserts, a tool for Apple to ensure that Siri and Spotlight are delivering the best results possible.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]