Apple returns to rejected Jobs designs

Apple is resorting to snuffling around in Steve Jobs’ dustbin in the hope of finding new designs.

The new Apple TV design was actually rejected by Steve Jobs years ago, but now that he has left the building it has mysteriously made a comeback.

Former Apple engineer Michael Margolis said the design of the new Apple TV is not up to scratch and that Jobs threw out similar designs in 2007.

Margolis tweeted that the new designs were tossed out five years ago because Jobs didn’t like them. Now there is nobody to say ‘no’ to bad designs. Part of the problem is that Apple fanboys are worried about the company coming up with anything that Steve might not have touched.

Margolis said that Jobs didn’t like the “original grid” but that that was before the days of the iPhone and iPad. He added that while he doesn’t like the new interface, he said that he understands why Apple went in the direction that it did.

Talking to the Next Web he said given that the iPad is far more successful than the AppleTV, migrating the AppleTV to look more like the iPad is probably a smart move. Though it was a pity about the 2007 design.