DuckDuckGo this week announced that is using Apple to display maps. DuckDuckGo says that it doesn’t share any personally identifiable information such as IP address with Apple and that user’s approximate location information, sent by the browser, is discarded immediately after use on the local searches.
Apple’s MapKit JS framework is powering the mapping features on DuckDuckGo. The mapping features are Map Re-Querying, Local Autocomplete, Dedicated Maps Tab, and Dark Mode.
On DuckDuckGo Maps, users can now refine the search directly nearby the map, where previously each new map-related search required returning to a regular DuckDuckGo Search page. Moving around the map or zooming will also update the search.
Updating or typing new search queries will now dynamically show search suggestions that are tailored to the local region displayed.
Dedicated Maps Tab
DuckDuckGo now shows a dedicated Maps tab at the top of every search results page. Previously DuckDuckGo did this only for searches that they assumed were map-related.
DuckDuckGo Maps (Apple-powered) now switch to dark mode for a coherent look.