Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Tim Cook probably didn't think that a hopeful comment from last week's quarterly conference call would be taken the wrong way, but there's no other way to approach it.
"Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software, and services that we can't wait to introduce this fall and throughout 2014," he said, implying that early adopters will be out of luck if they were saving up for springtime or summertime rollouts.
It could be worse, though. In this video, longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz points out how the new products that Apple will probably announce in a few months are low-margin items. Investors will need to get used to the contracting margins, but things don't have to end badly for the consumer tech giant.