Justin O'Beirne

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In Part 1, we compared 54 pairs of maps across three cities (New York, San Francisco, and London) and found several significant differences between Google Maps and Apple Maps...





Apple Maps, on average, labels more cities than Google at every zoom.




Google Maps, on average, labels more roads than Apple on nearly every zoom.




For two-thirds of zooms, both maps generally show the same number of roads. For the remaining third, Apple almost always shows more roads.




Both maps, on average, label a similar number of places (a.k.a. points of interest)—but have only 10% of their places in common on an average zoom.




Both maps also prioritize different kinds of places: Google Maps heavily prioritizes transit, while Apple prioritizes landmarks. Apple also generally shows a greater number of place categories on a given zoom—and shows twice as many restaurants and shops as Google.



Introduction · Part 1 · Part 2 · Interlude · Part 3