Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is under a ton of pressure in 2014. The stock has gained just 4% year to date, far behind the wider market.

In the end, Apple needs to look at what archrival Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is doing with hardware partners Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Sony (NYSE:SNE) by its side -- and then do it better. Executing on this simple plan (or not) will make all the difference for Apple next year.

In the video below, Erin Miller asks Fool contributor Anders Bylund what Apple needs to do in 2014. Anders came up with three important actions, including one that most definitely won't happen.

Fool contributor Anders Bylund owns shares of Google. The Motley Fool recommends Apple and Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Google, and Qualcomm. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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