Believe it or not, there are other search engines besides Google. Some are pretty damn good. Why can’t we have a choice? I know what you mac-nuts are saying right now, “Because Steve Jobs is so much better at making major life decisions for us.”
Safari’s search box is Google only unless you want to get into hacking Safari’s core files which is probably a violation of some Apple licensing agreement that you never read. Hacking core files will probably send bells and whistles off at the infamous Apple pitbull lawyer offices and surely void just about every warranty Apple upsold you at purchase. There are a few third party apps that allow a user to add alternate search engines to the Safari search box. Some cost money and some don’t, but why doesn’t Safari come with the option?
As with most software, the further you get away from money grubbing corporate software, the better off you are. Firefox has the ability to customize your search box choices. Firefox makes plenty of money from Google, they even load a Google search box as the primary start page for most versions of Firefox. Still, they have no problem letting you cut into their Google profits and switch out your Google search box.
Why not Safari? Does Apple really need Google cash that badly?