According to a report from Bloomberg (via AllThingsD), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has subpoenaed Apple as part of its antitrust investigation of Google. There aren’t many details as of yet, but the report claims the FTC is interested in Apple’s agreement with the company to use Google as its primary, default search engine on iOS devices.
The agency’s request for documents includes the agreements that made Google the preferred search engine on Apple’s mobile devices, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly and declined to be identified. Google rivals such as Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) have criticized these agreements as anticompetitive.
The report claimed that the investigation is still focusing on whether or not Google is “abusing its dominance of Internet search to boost revenue” but has now included Apple and other unnamed smartphone vendors and carriers in the probe. Apple has of course used Google as the default search option on iOS devices since the debut of the original iPhone in 2007. Apple also uses Google Maps in iOS, but some have speculated Apple is planning on moving to its own mapping solution after it was discovered the new iPhoto iOS app is using OpenStreetMap data rather than Google Maps.