Get More Information about an iPad App

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

If you’ve found an app for your iPad in the iTunes App Store, you may want to know a bit more about the app before you buy or download it. Discover product descriptions, system requirements, and more, just by clicking the app icon or text link. A detail screen like the one in the image appears.

This example shows the detail screen for SketchBook Pro, a nifty drawing and painting app for your iPad.


This screen tells you most of what you need to know about the application, such as basic product information and a narrative description, what’s new in this version, the language it’s presented in, and the system requirements to run it.

Finding the full app description

Notice the blue More link in the lower-right corner of the Description section in the figure; click it to see a much longer description of the app.

Bear in mind that the application description on this screen was written by the application’s developer and may be somewhat biased. You may also want to search out reviews of the application — written by people who have used it (and, unfortunately, sometimes people who haven’t).

Understanding the app rating

Notice that the SketchBook Pro app is rated 4+, as you can see below the Buy App button in the upper-left corner of the screen shown. The rating means that this app contains no objectionable material. Here are the other possible ratings:

  • 9+: May contain mild or infrequent occurrences of cartoon, fantasy, or realistic violence; or infrequent or mild mature, suggestive, or horror-themed content that may not be suitable for children younger than the age of 9.

  • 12+: May contain infrequent mild language; frequent or intense cartoon, fantasy, or realistic violence; mild or infrequent mature or suggestive themes; or simulated gambling that may not be suitable for children younger than the age of 12.

  • 17+: May contain frequent and intense offensive language; frequent and intense cartoon, fantasy, or realistic violence; mature, frequent, and intense mature, suggestive, or horror-themed content; sexual content; nudity; or depictions of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs that may not be suitable for children younger than the age of 17. You must be at least 17 years old to purchase games with this rating.

Following related links about the app

Just below the application description, notice the collection of useful links, such as the Autodesk Inc. Web Site link and the SketchBook Pro for iPad Support link. You may explore these links at your leisure.