The lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of justice on Tuesday focused on Google's payment agreement to make its search engine the default search engine for mobile phones and other mobile devices. Google search, which became the default search engine for iPhones and other apple mobile devices, is the largest.
According to the U.S. Department of justice in the lawsuit, it is estimated that through the agreement, Apple will receive $8 billion to $12 billion a year from Google. Apple's revenue from the search deal is part of the company's growing services business, a key indicator Apple has repeatedly highlighted to investors and analysts in recent years.
As part of the deal, Google is also the default search engine for Siri and IOS searches, replacing Apple's 2017 agreement with Microsoft. Apple does not provide users with a way to switch search engines during initial device setup, nor does it recommend switching search engines when users use Safari browser on Apple devices for the first time.
Apple said users can access third-party search apps, third-party voice assistant apps, or websites of other search engines, in addition to modifying the default search engine after settings.