December 6, 2021
DuckDuckGo map search

DuckDuckGo Says it Will use Apple Maps to Power its Map and Address Searches

DuckDuckGo map search queries will soon use the Apple MapKit JS technology to provide people with directions on desktop and mobile…

Last June, Apple introduced its MapKit JS platform for third-party developers. It rolled out as an alternative to Google Maps. Now, DuckDuckGo says it’s adopting the technology to serve its users’ search answers.

DuckDuckGo Map Search Adopts Apple’s MapKit JS

With this move, all the features working in Apple Maps will now be available for map and address queries through DuckDuckGo. 

Previously, DuckDuckGo relied on OpenStreetMap, MapBox, for local results. However, there’s no too much difference between map interfaces, even when it comes to Google Maps and some of the other larger players.

Since DuckDuckGo is so heavily focused on privacy, it will not ask users for their locations. That is, unless users seek more precise results. (Currently, the alternative search engine uses IP lookups to give users anonymous local results.)

“We’re excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first global companies using Apple MapKit JS, we can now offer users improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.”

William Boleys

Will is an experienced freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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