Apple TV's present user interface (UI) would have had Steve Jobs cringing with shame since he had rejected it five years back! This breaking news came from a former engineer who had once worked on the product.
Michael Margolis describes himself on his LinkedIn profile as a Professional Hobbyist, AppleTV as well as a former Senior Software Engineer at Apple. Margolis' Friday tweet revealed that the new interface designs of the TV were actually tossed out 5 years ago because [Steve Jobs] didn't like them.
Margolis also mentioned that after Job's death, now there is nobody to say 'no' to bad design at Apple.
Apple TV is known as a tiny entertainment powerhouse that plays content from iTunes, Netflix, YouTube, etc. on widescreen TV and was redesigned and launched alongside the new iPad earlier this month. With the new device, Apple touts support for 1080p video and its snappy and redesigned user interface, which it says would provide fast, visual access to all content choices.
The interface, however, has received mixed response from device owners since its launch. It has been criticized for resembling the grid of apps found on the home screens of the iPhone and the iPad, as well as Apple's LaunchPad feature on Lion.