Media event set for September 9, launch likely ~10 days later.
Apple Offers Free iPad Engraving in Time for the Holidays
Right on time, Apple has just launched free iPad engraving, allowing customers to add up to two lines of custom text to the rear of any iPad ordered through the company's online store. The engraving option bumps the shipping estimate from "within 24 hours" to "1-3 business days", but allows gift givers an easy way to personalize their gifts.
The iPad is also part of Apple's holiday gift wrap program, allowing customers to have their iPad orders packaged in custom gift boxes for an additional $5.00.