Apple will add Baidu as a default search option on its mobile operating iOS next month as the default search for China. 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.
"Sina Technology News on March 26 morning news, according to informed sources, Apple iOS operating system next month will be formally introduced Baidu search, Baidu and Apple between cooperation component in the China region."
"Baidu holds 80 percent of the search market in China, and it would make sense for the Chinese to carry the same search on their mobile devices as they have on their desktop," noted SEL.
We already know that Baidu search has been implemented into the next version of OS X (along with a host of other Chinese web services), so it seems that Apple would extend it into iOS sooner or later. This implementation would give Safari users on iOS the option of setting Baidu -- rather than Google -- as their default search engine.
It is also worth noting that Apple's Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is currently in China to meet "Chinese officials."
Neither Baidu nor Apple has officially confirmed this rumor yet.