Join Date: May 2004
Location: near Bremen, Germany
Applebot is a thing, for stuff like Siri and Spotlight. Could be a sign that they're slowly building up the index and eventually pulling that lever. Probably not, though.
I don't like this situation where Google dominates the market (someone asked me the other day why it's a problem of Google to have massive market penetration, and, um…), which is self-perpetuating in ways like web developers not even bothering to test how well their site ranks in other engines.
I also understand the privacy angle.
But I also don't know that I want Apple to half-ass yet another vanity project just because they want to control their destiny. Apple Maps, for example, isn't bad, but it's still, after eight years, not quite as good as Google Maps. I don't want an entire decade of Apple wishfully thinking its own engine is better, and everyone knowing it isn't.