DuckDuckGo which has been a secure alternative to users not wanting to use Google for search is now adding a map feature using Apple MapKit JS. While this is a huge feature add for DuckDuckGo this is a huge win for Apple who is known for keeping users privacy safe at all costs.
DuckDuckGo announced in a blog post
“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.“
It is important to note while I am sure DuckDuckGo and Apple are both trying to put out the best product possible Apple MapKit JS is still in Beta. Apple Maps can be used in two ways on DuckDuckGo either through embedded private search results or from the “Maps” tab on the search result page.
DuckDuckGo allows you to search Apple Maps on five different set of criteria
- By Address
- By Geographical Location
- Local Business Listings
- By Type of Business
- By Nearby Places
It is very nice to see DuckDuckGo putting security first going on to say in their post
This is a great new feature for DuckDuckGo and great for Apple since their security mindset is paying off now in bigger ways.