Apple launched the new Apple TV alongside the third generation iPad at the media event on March 7th, which brought 1080p playback capabilities to the device and a revamped user interface. Apple had also released Apple TV software update 5.0, which brought the new icon-based user interface to the second generation Apple TV.
Former Apple TV engineer Michael Margolis claims that the new Apple TV interface designed were tossed out 5 years ago because Steve Jobs didn’t like them.
Margolis goes on to say that “now there is nobody to say ‘no’ to bad design”.
We actually like the new icon-based user interface. It also seems to indicate that apps may be finally coming to Apple’s setup box.