Apple and Search Engines

If one is to believe the rumors, Apple is working on some sort of search engine wrapper for its mobile products. Other rumors suggest that Apple is building a search engine which I think is bunk for obvious reasons.

I can see why they would do that, the screen real estate is much smaller and the needs are likely different than when you are searching from a laptop or desktop computer.

All that being said, Apple’s work in this area is mixed. Sherlock was an interesting wrapper which has since been taken out of Mac OS X (however there is still some developer documentation online.)

Going further back, Apple had some involvement with WAIS and also released a search gateway product based on WAIS back in the mid-90’s, though I have forgotten what it was called.

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