Earlier this month, Apple introduced the new Apple TV with a myriad of improvements highlighted by 1080p video playback and a brand new user interface design. Interestingly, according to a tweet by former Apple TV designer Michael Margolis, the Apple TV’s new UI design was originally rejected by Steve Jobs when it was shown to him five years ago. Essentially, this means that Apple’s executives approved the new design, which includes larger buttons, despite knowing that Jobs disliked it. As noted by Margolis, since the untimely passing of Jobs last October, perhaps “now there is nobody to say ‘no’ to bad design.”
UPDATE: MacStories has published an interesting piece on this story that helps to put this information into context.