An Apple a Day...

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We talked a lot today on Varney & Co. about the end of the iPhone era and the loss of Apple's "cool factor." But we say: not so fast!

Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief of Laptop Magazine, said on Varney & Co. today that Microsoft products aren't in sync. Features on the new Surface tablet like picture sharing and parental controls aren't compatible with the new Windows 8. That's because Microsoft didn't release the two together.

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This is one of the great things about Apple. All of its products are streamlined. You can have all of your pictures and music on any Apple device to be accessed at any time. This is one feature that keeps me going back to Apple.

Apple's iPhone may have fallen from grace, especially with competitors like Samsung and Microsoft finally creeping in on the smartphone market. But Apple has a trick up its sleeve that could reinvent the way we watch TV. There is serious buzz about "iTV" and that buzz could turn into new success for Apple and allow the company to grow some new leaves on a withering tree.

Instead, this should serve as a wake-up call for Apple. Steve Jobs is no longer there to ensure his company's reputation stays golden. It is time for someone else to step up and bring back the Apple that stole our hearts (and wallets) with the iPhone and MacBook. Stop adding on to existing products and remember what you started as- an innovator in the tech world, perhaps even THE innovator of the tech world.

As a young person, I can say that Apple is in danger of losing some of their audience to the Galaxy and Droid. 20-somethings are starting to fall out of love with their iPhones. But I don't think it's the phone's fault. The Apple App Store needs some new and exciting (and free) apps to keep young users loyal to the company.

The mighty may have fallen...but they can still get up.