2. Unity ($1000 projected)
Chrome and black? Check. Simple set up? 15 minutes from box to entertainment sounds pretty simple. And the interface isn't exactly complicated either. Todd Beauchamp, who used to run Apple's Audio Lab, developed the system with Mike Fidler, formerly of Sony, with a focus on squeezing the most out of a simple set up so consumers didn't need backup to run their own systems.
3. Inkling (Free)
Inkling is a super simple textbook platform on the iPad. You can buy books by the chapter or the entire book, but the magic of the system is in the details. Inkling injects interactivity into the boring diagrams and pictures of your standard textbook making them more memorable. Books are organized by concepts and the ideas inside those concepts with quizes at the end. Social media is tied in as well. The candy coated gloss, simplified interface and useful integration are everything you'd expect of an Apple optimized product.
4. Flipboard (Free)
Like a magazine for everything you read, Flipboard combines all outlets of your media from personal feeds on Facebook to magazines like Rolling Stone. Black and white icons with a hint of red, the interface is so minimal it might as well not even be there. This minimalism follows Apple's work toward making things so integrated they feel inevitable. Flipboard works on both iPod/iPhones and iPads.
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