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CARTOGRAPHY COMPARISON
GOOGLE MAPS & APPLE MAPS

PART 2

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⚠️ 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.

 

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