In fact, in Tim Cook's apology to customers, he recommended a handful of mapping apps that are strong alternatives to Apple's own weak product.
So, which one should you be using? We took a look at each to see how they stack up.
Google Maps, which you can still get on the mobile website
What We Like It: The Google Maps web app provides most of the same form and function we were used to in the previous iOS version.
Recently, the app implemented Street View. Additional features include walking and public transit directions, multiple layers for data like traffic, information on places with business information, ratings, and reviews.
What We Don't Like It: It's a web app, so having to always open up searches in the browser can be annoying. The new Street View feature opens up in a new tab instead of the same window where the map is, which is also a bit annoying.
What The Experience Is Like: Overall Google's web app experience is pleasant. While it isn't as smooth as the former stock app it definitely is a suitable alternative until Google can get an app into the App Store. Users can take advantage of favorite places if you simply sign in with your Google account.
MapQuest, the old standby, is great for turn-by-turn directions
What We Like: MapQuest has been around for a long time. The company has an excellent reputation in the online consumer mapping world.
The MapQuest mobile app provides users with free voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS directions, including live traffic support. MapQuest recently added live traffic camera views so you can keep an eye out on traffic ahead of the road. Besides just helping you get around, the app also does an excellent job of keeping you informed about your surroundings. There is a gas price indicator, layers for food, airports, coffee shops, and more. MapQuest users can also take advantage of walking directions.
What We Don't Like: When we entered a Manhattan address, MapQuest wanted to take us to Brooklyn. We also don't like how we can't view different layers like satellite and hybrid view. MapQuest's iPhone app still doesn't take advantage of the iPhone 5's larger screen, so you'll see black bars on the top and bottom of your maps. The interface isn't as robust as Google Maps, and the graphics could use some improvement.
What The Experience Is Like: Using MapQuest is a pleasant experience. Overall, the app got us where we wanted to go. Except for the slight New York City boroughs hiccup, directions were pretty accurate. We particularly enjoyed the voice-guided turn-by-turn directions.
GPS by Telenav is good, but you have to pay for premium features found in other apps
What We Like: Telenav is very easy to use. The app allows you to store locations for home and work, making it easy to navigate from a new location. You can also add other favorite places, view recent navigations, easily locate airports, and access contact information.
GPS has a neat "Places" section, which lists ATMs, Food/Coffee shops, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, and a host of other places.
What We Don't Like: For $9.99 per year, users can upgrade to gain features that a free in other apps.
The upgrade brings voice-guided navigation, real-time traffic, speed and red-light camera locations, car connect, lane assist, posted speed limits, etc.
Price:Free (upgrade to the pro version for $9.99 for one year or $2.99 for 30 days.)