Consistency is Apple’s main motivation given for switching the results from Microsoft’s Bing to Google in these cases. Safari on Mac and iOS already currently use Google search as the default provider, thanks to a deal worth billions to Apple (and Google) over the last decade. This change will now mirror those results when Siri, the iOS Search bar or Spotlight is used.
“Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari,” reads an Apple statement sent this morning. “We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible.”
Interesting move. The only logical move, of course – Bing is terrible – but still interesting if you look at the relationship between Apple and Google.
Bing is terrible, i know Google like to collect data but i would love for apple to throw out Apple maps and replace this with google maps.
The ability to download and with much better direction/navigation (Apple maps has on numerous times got stuck in a loop, turn left, turn left etc..) is why i use the google maps app all the time, however it would be nice to have this more tightly integrated into iOS and the apple watch.