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The new user interface accompanying the latest Apple TV (AAPL) set-top box was actually "tossed...

The new user interface accompanying the latest Apple TV (AAPL) set-top box was actually "tossed out 5 years ago" by Steve Jobs, claims former Apple engineer Mike Margolis. "Now there is nobody to say 'no' to bad design."
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  • streetflame
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    The current Apple TV interface is pretty lousy. It seems unlikely the new one will be worse.
    24 Mar 2012, 05:40 PM Reply Like
  • bobbobwhite
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    Apple needs to dump all TV projects and buy Pixar, or buy Disney and sell all other than Pixar(or, maybe not), and then....... the future of all TV and film":

     

    Interactive programming.

     

    Multiple plots, characters, twists, clothes designs, sets. cities, countries, weather, everything. A video game is doing some of it now but not where I see it in 10 years.

     

    I have told Apple this for years when it didn't have the money it has now, was always told it was too "capital extensive", can't do it yet but it will come." The time is now. If Apple is not going to turn into a typical MBA-run company like all the others out there it has to continue Jobs' vision and creativity. But, will it? Or, will Samsung or Sony or Paramount, etc. do it first? Uggggghhhhhhhhh.
    24 Mar 2012, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • Rhianni32
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    Your advice that you have been telling Apple all these years is to buy something maybe or maybe not?

     

    Apple needs to decide if it wants to become a shrine to his Holiness Steve Jobs or if it is going to move on and adjust.
    24 Mar 2012, 08:16 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    My bet is that Apple products in the future will suffer under the pressure to do "What Jobs would have done".
    Do we see another RIM in the making?

     

    Come on Apple bulls, jump all over this.
    24 Mar 2012, 06:13 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    you do realize this snippet is about the "set-top box" the little black box.

     

    I agree with street flame it leaves a lot to be desired, let's hope it's just phase 1 of a bigger plan, also If i'm not mistaken the iPhone Remote App was revamped to, it's slightly buggy in Netflix, interacting with Apple TV, others?
    24 Mar 2012, 06:36 PM Reply Like
  • muckdog
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    Why doesn't $AAPL just buy Roku?
    24 Mar 2012, 07:12 PM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    ...AAAAND so it begins!

     

    This is EXACTLY what happened after Steve left the first time.

     

    Slowly but surely his genius will fade away and Apple will behave more and more like the big Microsoft-style corporation it is behind the Jobs-era design and function.

     

    Corporate committee group-think is Apple's future.
    24 Mar 2012, 07:42 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Agreed. The value of prime corporate leadership cannot be underestimated. Is someone worth $50M a year in options and pay? Damn right.

     

    That said, the momentum is strong. The iPhone UI is basically set, and that's 1/2 the company now. But going forward, new products will begin to smell corporate committee and less Apple.
    24 Mar 2012, 09:55 PM Reply Like
  • David Urban
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    Why is everyone so focused on Apple TV? In less than 10 years we will be streaming everything through our tablets and phones via subscription.
    24 Mar 2012, 10:19 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    Oh sure SJ passes and apple and Tim Cook just start digging thru stuff out of the attic storage .....please really...
    24 Mar 2012, 10:34 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    busy day for the patent office 19 new patents applied for by aaple plus this interesting one yesterday march 27.... Apple was granted a very interesting and important patent regarding a very specific TV Display technology. The patent basically related to Apple's advancement of a little known technology called Fringe Field Switching (FSS). Apple's research pushed the technology so that it could now power a large HDTV. Previous versions of FSS couldn't accommodate such large displays. The underlying technology is an off-shoot of IPS called S-IPS. It's a technology that provides superior performance and color gamut with high luminosity. IPS technology is currently being used in Apple's iMac and the patent for IPS is held by Sharp. This was one of the key points that surfaced in a news report out Taiwan today that basically confirms that the Foxconn – Sharp deal directly equates to a future Apple HDTV.
    28 Mar 2012, 10:16 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    On Saturdays nonsense becomes news. SNL.
    25 Mar 2012, 01:05 AM Reply Like
  • RA448
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    I will be in the market for a ROKU/Apple-TV like device in about a year after I get settled in my new home. Streaming will mostly replace my DVD purchases and rentals and I will be examining the Apple device or its successor. Maybe ROKU would be a good purchase for Apple.
    25 Mar 2012, 02:47 AM Reply Like
  • muckdog
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    I have had a Roku for years. Lots of free channels and then the usual Netflix, MLB, Hulu, amazon, etc. works great.

     

    I'm not sure why I would want an apple tv at this point. What does it offer that is any better?
    25 Mar 2012, 12:48 PM Reply Like
  • det9
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    There are a lot of people anxiously waiting for some bad things to happen to AAPL and in general to market. Even a minor setback should trigger a big sell off..IMO
    25 Mar 2012, 10:16 PM Reply Like
  • jazzybest
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    So some x-unknown alleged former Apple engineer ( has anyone checked if real) sends a few tweets and this is news ? Talk about scraping the barrel for bad news and to me it shows if you have to got to this level to get any bad news Apple is even greater then I thought.
    26 Mar 2012, 01:04 AM Reply Like
  • jazzybest
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    here is the story and his 3 tweets :-)
    http://cnet.co/GPcS4E

     

    He is also X-alleged apple designer . we have no idea why "x" , Apple has 60,000 employees world wide.
    26 Mar 2012, 01:07 AM Reply Like
  • Vertical Spread
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    Bring back the Newton!
    26 Mar 2012, 09:52 AM Reply Like
  • jazzybest
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    :-)
    29 Mar 2012, 12:31 AM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    I have one, nearly new, with all the stuff. Haven't looked lately; hope I didn't leave leaky batteries in it. Make offer ;-)

     

    It just wasn't usable. The pen pad thing never really happened, except for UPS, so far as I can tell.

     

    Jobs was reluctant to come on board for the Newton. He was right again.

     

    In closing, I'll say the one I wish I had kept was my Osborne II.
    17 Jun 2012, 01:20 PM Reply Like
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