apple_watch_back Apple may give customers the ability to engrave personalized messages onto the upcoming Apple Watch, according to French Apple and tech site iPhonote [Google Translate].

According to the website's source, who remained anonymous due to their "involvement at Apple", the company would offer an engraving option similar to that of products like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod lines.

The contact, however, remains unsure of whether the feature would be available on the Apple Watch's launch date or not. They remain "almost certain", however, that the customization option will emerge for the device eventually.

An engraving option certainly makes sense for Apple's new fashion-focused wearable, especially considering that essentially all of the company's mobile products include the personalization option, but the small footprint of the Watch does raise questions on where the actual engraving would be located.

The heart rate sensor located on the device's backside takes up nearly all of the real estate of the 38mm or 42 mm device, although drastic character count limitations could perhaps fit truncated messages around the sensor. There's also a possibility that more room could be found on the device's side opposite the Digital Crown, but until Apple officially announces the engraving service, it remains to be seen where the personal messages would fit onto the wearable.

Despite being announced nearly six months ago, a number of details on the Apple Watch have yet to be revealed in the lead-up to its April launch. Last week, the company sent out invites for the "Spring Forward" media event to take place Monday, March 9 and for which most evidence points towards a heavy focus on pricing and launch day details for the new wearable device.

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Top Rated Comments

Snookerman Avatar
119 months ago
Personal engraving. The one sure fire way to lower resale value.

That's why I'll engrave "Prototype" on mine.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
troop231 Avatar
119 months ago
That's why I'll engrave "Prototype" on mine.

That's too obvious. How about EVT and some random number instead :)
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sodner Avatar
119 months ago
Personal engraving. The one sure fire way to lower resale value.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
levitynyc Avatar
119 months ago
Further killing any resale value these things will have in a couple of years when they are already out of date and the battery lasts for 6 hours.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
filmantopia Avatar
119 months ago
hmm is there a possibility there will be a way to update your iwatch by keeping the skeleton? werent the internals all cased?
Many people think this will happen, but it won't. Not because Apple "never does anything differently" as the comment above mine suggests sarcastically, but because it makes zero sense from a business perspective.

Apple will focus on getting people to purchase their new watches with the newest features, not limiting their future design flexibility nor wasting money and Apple Store resources for an "internal swap" program just to keep old watches in circulation for as long as possible. Apple has too much to gain from getting everyone to have the latest product.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Waxhead138 Avatar
119 months ago
Further killing any resale value these things will have in a couple of years when they are already out of date and the battery lasts for 6 hours.

It's just going to be option. People won't have to do it.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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