How to Get More Information about an iPad mini App

To find out more about an iPad mini app from the App Store, just click its icon or text link. A detail screen appears. 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.

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How to find the full app description

Notice the blue More link in the lower-right corner of the Description section; 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. Never fear: You can find find reviews of the application — written by people who have used it (and, unfortunately, sometimes people who haven’t).

How to understand the app rating

Notice that the SketchBook Pro app is rated 4+, as you can see below the Buy App button. 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.

How to check requirements and device support for the app

If you look below the Information heading, you can see the requirements for this particular app. It says . Note that it doesn’t mention the iPhone or iPod touch. That’s because this app falls into the first category — apps made exclusively for the iPad. Another clue that it falls into the first category is that it says above the two pictures.

If the app belonged to the second or third category — apps made to work properly on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, or apps made for the iPhone or iPod touch — it would say rather than . Now you’re probably wondering how you can tell whether an app falls into the second or third category: Look for the little gray plus sign next to the price, which appears for many of the apps. Apps with this symbol are universal and run at full resolution on iPhones and iPads.

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