Apple Drops Bing Search Engine Results for Siri and Spotlight in Favor of Google

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    Starting today, Apple search results from Siri and Spotlight on Mac and iOS will be provided by Google rather than Microsoft's Bing. Apple announced the news in a statement that was given to TechCrunch this morning, claiming consistency across iOS and Mac devices is the reason behind the switch.

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    Prior to this morning, all results from a search conducted on Spotlight using Finder on Mac or the swipe down search bar on iOS were Bing search results, as was all search information provided by Siri. Now, when you search using Spotlight or when you ask Siri a question that ends up involving a web search, info will come from Google.

    According to TechCrunch, the swap will include both web links and video results from YouTube, but web image results in Siri and Spotlight searches will continue to be provided by Bing for the time being. Google searches will use the standard search API and will provide the same search results you'd get from a Google.com search.

    While Apple has used Bing for search results for things like Siri and Spotlight, Google has remained the default search engine on iOS and Mac devices. Earlier this year, reports suggested Google paid Apple nearly $3 billion to maintain its position as the default search engine on iOS devices.

    The search engine swap began rolling out to users at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

    Update: Microsoft has provided a statement to TechCrunch on the shift from Bing to Google.
    Article Link: Apple Drops Bing Search Engine Results for Siri and Spotlight in Favor of Google
     
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    Next can we use google powered search for the app store?
     
  4. toukale macrumors newbie

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    Guess Microsoft did not pay the bill and Google stepped up this year.
     
  5. Jsameds macrumors 68040

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    Step one of many by Craig. Siri simply needs to be better, even more so with HomePod in the horizon.

    Keep the changes rolling.
     
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    Honestly Bing has always returned better media results than Google and as of the past two years, more relevant search results than Google. I'm kind of disappointed to see this.
     
  7. 0003939 Suspended

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    How can one change Spotlight search to use DuckDuckGo instead?
     
  8. true god macrumors member

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    Wow. I'm sure MS cannot be too happy about this.
     
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    Woooo! Another boost to the services "revenue"
     
  10. DarkxPunk macrumors newbie

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    How about letting us choose search engine like in safari. Fine use google for predefined content but let us choose the web search!
     
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    you forgot to add: said noone ever!
     
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    I am sure Microsoft was aware of this change. Apple do not do those things for free you know. Google probably out bid them this time around.
     
  15. horsebattery macrumors 6502

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    Seems like a YMMV sort of thing. For a lot of developer-related searches after a week-long trial a few months back, I've usually had better success at having immediately relevant results returned (at the top) through Google than Bing.
     
  16. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

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    This is a bigger news than the iPhone X
     
  17. kdarling macrumors P6

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    Microsoft must not have been paying as much.

    When it comes to search engine bidding, the users are always the product.
     
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    Maybe people inexperienced in both engines. I however use both extensively. As far as media, Bing wins hands down and always has. For general searches, those are subjective but as I stated, Bing has been returning more relevant results than Google as of late.
     
  19. Quu, Sep 25, 2017
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    I hope this is being done in a privacy conscious way with randomised UUID's and Apples servers handling the search so Google doesn't get our IP Addresses. That's all I have to say about this change.

    EDIT:// Seems they are protecting our privacy:

     
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    I don't understand this. Can we have the option to choose the search engine for Spotlight? C'mon Apple. You respect your consumer's privacy.
     
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    Ahhhh, Craig. Tell us what you have in mind for Apple Maps....
     
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    As someone who has their default Safari search engine set to Bing, I find this a bit annoying. It's good news for those that prefer le Goog though.
     
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    Why? You pay for it . Whatever the amount, they decided not to come to the table .
     
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    She also gives the right answer now.
     

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