The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has subpoenaed Apple as part of their antitrust probe of Google. They are seeking information about why Apple has incorporated Google as the default search engine on the iPhone and iPad. The FTC is requesting for documents that includes agreements made between Google and Apple according to sources with Bloomberg. Microsoft believes that this deal is considered anticompetitive.
The FTC has intensified the scrutiny over Google’s business practices. The details of Apple and Google’s relationship may reveal whether Google is abusing their dominance of Internet search to boost their revenues in the mobile phone ad market. The FTC has sent subpoenas to other wireless carriers as well.
Google has been the default search engine on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad since 2010. Apple also uses Google Maps as the preferred mapping service on the iPhone and iPad. At the time that the iPhone was released, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on the Apple Board of Directors.