Google The Apple Of Apple’s ‘i’: CEO Tim Cook Says Search Engine Is The Best; Will Be Used In Its Safari Web Browser Apple CEO Tim Cook defends multi billion-dollar deal with Google that will see google remain as a default search platform. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Apple CEO Tim Cook claims Google search engine platform for iOS users is the best, reports the Tribune India. Cook also said that they added the controls into their Safari Web browser to safeguard data of users.

Tim Cook was at an interview with HBO’s Axios on Sunday night when he defended the billion-dollar deal with Google, which ensures iOS devices use google search engine as a default platform.

“I think their search engine is the best. But look at what we’ve done with the controls. We have private web browsing, we have intelligent tracking prevention. What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It’s not a perfect thing, but it goes a long way in helping,” Apple’s CEO told the technology correspondent of Axios.

According to reports, the deal will see Google pay Apple a stupendous amount of nine billion dollars to remain the default search engine on iOS devices. Business Insider reports that Rod Hall, an analyst at Goldman Sachs, predicts growth in payment, with Google to pay 12 billion dollars in 2019, to be retained as the default search engine.

In the interview, Cook criticises privacy practices used by tech companies in the past, terming them a form of “surveillance”, while providing a reason not to use such practices. “Your device has incredible intelligence about you, but as a company, I don’t have to have that,” the CEO added.

Responding to a question on diversity at the workplace, Cook said Silicon Valley is open and accepting people from all backgrounds. “But I agree 100 per cent from a gender point of view, that the valley has missed it, and tech in general has missed it,” he said.

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