Apple web search tech engineers are leaving for Google, report says

A number of employees on Apple’s search team are said to have left the company to join Google in a setback to the former’s ambitions to develop a search engine that rivals the latter.

According to a report by Information, the employees who left were the founders of Laserlike, which Apple acquired in 2018. Founded by three former Google Search engineers, Laserlike was a service that made website recommendations to users based on their search centers. interest and their browsing habits. Apple reportedly acquired the company to improve search functionality on Siri and Spotlight.

It has been rumored for many years that Apple is working on building its own search engine, although the company itself has never confirmed this. Currently, Google pays Apple billions of dollars each year to keep Google the default search engine on Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices.

Apple recently moved the Spotlight search button to the bottom of the screen, starting with iOS 16. This means that instead of having to swipe down from the home screen to access Spotlight, users can simply press the Search button at the bottom of the screen. homepage. The small UI change appears to be an effort by Apple to trick users into using Spotlight instead of launching Chrome or another browser on their phones.

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