⚠️ A FEW REMINDERS & NOTES
This is an in-depth exploration.
Our purpose is not to crown a winner, but to observe the paths taken and not taken. (We’re looking at the tradeoffs that go into designing maps like these.)
In the time since Part 1 was published, Apple announced an “all-new design” for Apple Maps. But while there have been changes to the display of search results and navigation, the cartography itself is unchanged (other than a typeface switch from Avenir to San Francisco). A couple of before-and-afters:
Thus far, our comparison has been unaffected by Apple Maps’s recent changes.