Since Apple launched the iPad Air and iPad mini 2, its old faithful iPad 2 is looking rather long in the tooth. Here are 7 things that time has been even less kind to. (Contains a Game of Thrones spoiler.)

iPad 2

The iPad 2 in happier times

The iPad 2 was launched on 11 March 2011, and it's still going strong. Well, we say 'strong', but of the four iPads you can currently buy - iPad 2, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini 2 with Retina Display - it's easily the least appetising.

We're probably not the only people wondering why anyone would buy an iPad 2 now, when the iPad mini is £70 cheaper, smaller, lighter and more portable, and when the iPad Air is only £70 more but offers a Retina display, 28 percent lower weight and a far more powerful and future-proof processor.*

Everyone knows that technology moves quickly, and formerly groundbreaking products become obsolete with frightening speed. But the iPad 2 isn't alone in losing its sheen in a few short years; here are 10 things of a similar age that are ageing even less gracefully than Apple's iPad 2.

Be warned: number 4 contains a Game of Thrones spoiler.

1. 'Price Tag', by Ms Jessie J

Performed by Jessie in a Rolls-Royce at the Olympics closing ceremony last year, in what we think was meant to be an ironic gesture, Price Tag had been UK number 2 in the week the iPad 2 launched. To be honest we'd had enough of it three minutes after Jessie first started singing it.

2. Draw Something

The world-consuming Pictionary-esque game in which players drew pictures and their friends had to guess what they were. Rode high at the start of 2012. Was then bought by Zynga for $180m in the wisest acquisition since ITV bought Friends Reunited. Anyone still playing it?

Draw Something

Didn't think so.

3. Tassels

"Sometimes a little detail is all it takes to change the feel of a garment. In Spring 2011 one of the most popular trimmings is one that signifies luxury or, at times, the exotic."


4. Robb Stark, Lord of Winterfell, called The Young Wolf, styling himself King In The North

Games of Thrones debuted in April of 2011, about a month after the iPad 2.


In a couple of years Robb Stark went from the young heir of Winterfell, with a pretty face, a sweet pet wolf and the world at his feet, to this (contains swearing and the sound of throats being torn out):

5. The phrase 'cool beans'

Here is the phrase 'cool beans' back in its 2007 heyday:

Try saying it now. We dare you.

6. Heidi Klum's 'Seriously Funny Kids'

Made its premiere in March 2011. It was a simpler time:

7. Macworld editor-in-chief Matt Egan

Macworld editor-in-chief Matt Egan


* On a more serious note, the iPad 2 does offer a combination of full-size screen and budget price tag that some will still find appealing - especially schools and older users, we suspect. But the argument is getting harder and harder to make, especially as Apple didn't further reduce the iPad 2's price tag when the iPad Air launched. The iPad 2 is actually still a decent tablet that most users will find perfectly adequate for their needs, but Apple's pricing structure - for us - makes other options far more sensible. For more on this buying decision, see our comparative reviews:

iPad Air vs iPad 4 comparison review: Is it worth upgrading to iPad Air?

iPad Air vs iPad 2 comparison review: Which iPad should you buy?

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