Safari Search to use Yahoo instead of Google?

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 24, 2004.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    According to one report, Yahoo is presently in negotiations with Apple to replace the Google-driven Search box in Apple's Web Browser (Safari) with one powered by Yahoo's search engine.

    Apple's web browser offers a built in search box in the top right corner window which allows users to quickly search the web. Since Safari's introduction, the search box has used Google's popular search engine to provide results.

    Google's prominent placement is presumably provided for convenience rather than any specific financial deal between the two companies.
  2. macrumors 65816

    Savage Henry

    Feb 20, 2004
    in a one horse, two house, three pub town.
    Over my, and several other peoples, dead body.:mad:

    I'm hoping that's a healthy 5lb pile of guff.
  3. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Re: Safari Search to use Yahoo instead of Google?

    Apple should have which search engine to use as a preferences item. At least of the ones that can be used from the web browser that way.
  4. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    I hope they don't change it. Google is the best search engine period, it should stay.
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2004
    Bad move in my opionion. Google is the best search engine I've come across.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    There is no way in hell I'd use a Yahoo search box.

    Well, not until I figure out a hack to change it back to Google.
  7. macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2002
    Gainesville, FL
    I too prefer Google over Yahoo any day of the week. Having that little Google bar up there is one of my favorite features of Safari.

    I hope Apple keeps things the way they are. However, i see no problem with allowing the user to choose which search they'd rather use in Preferences.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2003
    Ft. Lauderdale
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    I hope not!! And if something has to happen, can they leave us the choice between Google and Yahoo!
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA

    Google r0x0rz your s0x!!! But Yahoo on the other hand....
  11. macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    the choice of search engine to use should be down to the user, and not to the company that offers Apple the most money.
  12. akb
    macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2004
    Firefox handles the search box brilliantly.

    Google is the default search engine, but it's as simple as visiting the extensions site to add more. You can even add eBay,, Amazon, IMDB etc. to the options.

    Safari could follow that lead, with Yahoo as the default if needs (and contractual obligations) be.
  13. orb
    macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2002
    I'll stop using safari

    I'd rather have a choice of search providers. If I can't have choice, I'll take google. (which is my current choice) If I can't have google, I'll take another web browser.

    Thanks apple
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2003
    Central NY
    No way Jose! I will forever use version 1.2 of Safari. I made my back up right now. Apple will really have to add some amazing features into Safari to make me change my mind.
  15. macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2003
  16. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Same here. Having commercial/product alliances decided in advance for consumers sounds a bit Microsofty to me...
  17. macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2002
    In the current release of Safari, the search field could be changed to another engine by editing the Safari binary.
    I'm sure if this deal takes place, you'll find a convenient little 3rd party patch on VersionTracker within hours.
  18. macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    I heard something about that but never changed it because I thought that Google was the best.

    But I agree that choice is good. Have Google as the default and put a selectoin in the preferences.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    its not so bad

    Even if Apple changes the search box to Yahoo. we could all always go to and do our search. It adds one extra step, a small hassle. I'd most likely book mark it and hot key it.

    I agree with the previous posters that it should be an option in the preferences panel. However, it is Apple's choice and if the money is good they might well consider it.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Wonder Boy

    Feb 18, 2003
    South Windsor, CT
    isn't google in kahoots with M$? i thought i read that somewhere. if this is true, maybe this has something to do witht the possible switch.
  21. macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2002
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    If this is true Yahoo must pay BIG BUCKS to Apple for degrating the functionality in their browser. If they do it, the roar from Mac users everyware will be loud indeed and I don't think it'll take long before someone figures out how to hack the google-bar back.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2004
    Chicago (by way of SF)
    All we are talking about here is a product placement (just like the movies). Yahoo pays Apple to place its search box within the browser. Who cares what they put in there?

    I just started using Safari last week (great, by the way -- and it'll get better). The first thing I did was eliminate almost all the bookmarks and features I didn't want and replace them with my own stuff. No problem!

    By the way, now that I use Safari I can definitely judge the quality of certain web sites better -- and I have to tell you that the Apple site really sucks!! The support and discussions areas are is a mess -- slow to load and inconsistent. Come on Apple, what are you doing?
  23. macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2002
    Ditto. Google is, as you all said the best search engine around and I have NO plans to switch to anything else, especially yahoo. BAD MOVE on Apple's part (assuming this is true).
    Safari v1.2 -- I will always love you.

    Has anyone checked Dave Hyatts weblog to see what he says about it?
  24. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2004
    Re: Safari Search to use Yahoo instead of Google?

    one of my pet peeves with Safari is its completely braindead preferences. I want an option to disallow the browser to play mp3s from websites - ever. They are a major distraction and pain in the ass.

    Along the same lines it is just retarded to not offer a choice of search engines.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2003
    This would push me over the edge, and I would go to FireFox instantly. Safari is buggy enough as it is, and they want to remove my favorite feature?

    No thanks...

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