Nearby Search Japan Update

 

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After the December 17 false start for Apple Maps Nearby Search in Japan, there are recent signs that a real service launch could be approaching. When entering a Japanese text string in iOS 9 Safari that matches a local area listing in Apple Maps, you now get map link suggestion with an icon exactly like a Nearby search icon.

The upcoming iOS 9.3 update might have an extra map feature or two for the Japanese market.