In what appears to be yet another move in distancing itself from Google and its services, Sina Tech reports (via The Next Web) that Apple is allegedly considering replacing Google with Baidu, the leading search engine in China, as its default search engine option for iOS devices in the world’s most populous country. Plus, the idea was already potentially leaked last week:
Apparently, Baidu’s cloud and mobile chief Li Mingyuan hinted at this during the launch of Baidu’s cloud storage service last week, saying that the company already had a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Apple in China.
Apple is expected to make the change in a future software update for Chinese users, which could be released as early as next month. Baidu accounts for a dominant 83.6% of online searches in China, so it’s understandable why this move might be made by Apple. Neither Baidu or Apple have confirmed this change yet.