I reported at Search Engine Land that Apple has finally confirmed the rumors of their search engine crawler/spider. They named it AppleBot.
Apple says it is being used “used by products” adding specifically “including Siri and Spotlight Suggestions.” But that can be used by more. I’d be shocked if Apple was not looking for a way to be less reliant on Google or Bing or other search engines to power the other search results. Mobile search – truth be told – is still up in the air to be grabbed by the best player and if Apple moves fast and smart enough, they can leverage their marketshare with Siri and potentially get a big win there.