Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Since I got my iPad and iPhone I am unable to download certain applications, especially the games

Is this due to region restrictions with Apple and South Africa?

Apple recently released the iPad to South Africa and in the Apple Store I see the iPad have Angry birds, etc. loaded on them.

But if I try to download it from the App Store I can't.

share|improve this question
Apps not available in your region won't show up in the store at all. What game(s) are you trying to download, and what error message(s) are you getting? – Jason Salaz Apr 6 '11 at 7:22
Like you said. They just don't show up at all when I do a search. When I follow a link from an external source I get a error message, Request cannot be completed. – Koekiebox Apr 6 '11 at 8:02

Per my comment above, apps simply do not show up (in iTunes itself, anyone can view the web-page overview versions) in iTunes if they are not available in your region.

If you do follow a link to the app specifically, you should get an error message explicitly stating that the application is not available. Any other message indicates some other problem entirely.

App Not Available

share|improve this answer
Is there a place where I can see the restrictions for applications from Apple? Gathering from what you say it sounds like there could be a restriction from South Africa to Apple. – Koekiebox Apr 6 '11 at 21:14
Check this out: – Koekiebox Apr 6 '11 at 21:37

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.