Since when is Duck-Duck-Go second rate? I’ve used it for a long time and it works great. I’d live to see Apple buy them. Don’t understand why you think Apple can’t “tackle” things. As for anything Google, I’d love to see them fold. All they do is sell user data, they don’t really provide a service to users.
An interesting opinion. Glad I’m not in charge of a decision like this at Apple. My gut is NO! It’s just one more thing Apple doesn’t need to tackle. And Google has a hell of a lead, right now, in search. So a second rate, ‘bad’ search solution would not help Apple.