One of the benefits of buying an iPod direct from Apple online is that you get to engrave a free message on the back. It helps you easily identify your device, and it works well for gifts. The iPad lacked an engraving option at launch, but it’s here now, just in time for the holidays.
Apple updated the buying options for all models of the iPad to include free laser engraving earlier today. The option automatically comes up as you go through the process of ordering your iPad, and uses the same live preview feature that’s been standard for iPod engraving.
Note that even though it may seem like a cool addition, you might want to think twice before you brand your iPad. It does take a little longer to ship customized devices, and you can’t return your engraved order in the event of a spelling mistake. Plus, unless the product doesn’t work out of the box, you won’t be able to get a refund or exchange on your device, if the iPad policy is the same as the one for engraved iPods.
I’m not sure I would’ve gone for this even it was available when I picked up my iPad, but if you’re giving someone an Apple tablet as a gift this year, and you’re pretty sure they won’t want to return or exchange it, at least you now have the option. Special request for Apple: Let me engrave my MacBook Air.
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