It's been six months since the last major product announcement from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), and the tech giant is allowing competitors to catch-up. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android, Samsung's Galaxy S4, and even Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8 have had time to improve products while Apple has largely sat on the sidelines. Erin Miller sat down with Travis Hoium to see what Apple needs to do to excite consumers and investors again.

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