December 22 Apple a patent was issued for the development of its own search engine.
According to the information presented in the patent, the evaluation of search results will be based on the evaluation of the domain weight. The score will be determined by assigning a default minimum impact score to each domain in the group.
Influence score may vary depending on the number of links to the domain. A domain that publishes a link to another domain will donate part of its impact assessment to the latter. Updating these scores will return data in which all domains have a non-zero score. Some domains will be distinguished from others by having higher impact ratings.
It is possible that some especially important “trusted” domains will be assigned manually. All other domains will have an initial impact score of zero. As a result of such a ranking system, a blacklist of domains should also appear.
It is worth recalling that the impetus for Apple to actively develop its own search engine was the strengthening of antitrust lawsuits against Google. In relation to Google, the US Department of Justice has charged that the company pays Apple from $ 8 billion to $ 12 billion a year for its search engine to be installed by default in all Apple devices.
According to the Financial Times, Apple is currently on the lookout for engineers who can “define and implement the architecture of Apple’s revolutionary search technology.” Two years ago, the company hired Jonah Giannandrea, who previously served as head of the Google search engine.
Apple has not yet made any official comments on this news.