Stop Worrying About Scratching Your iPhone 5 And Engrave It With Frickin’ Lasers Instead

Stop Worrying About Scratching Your iPhone 5 And Engrave It With Frickin’ Lasers Instead

How cool does this laser-engraved iPhone 5 look? Image via Gizmodo.

One of the things I miss most about the design of the iPhone 4S is the ability to easily change the back of my iPhone to something different, like a non-standard color, or even teak.

You simply can’t do that with the iPhone 5, but Gizmodo just pointed out an even better idea: you can laser engrave the back of your iPhone 5 with your own custom design.

This is awesome, and there’s a laser engraving place right around the corner. I might just have to give it a try. The only questions are, which design should I get, and is this going to void my AppleCare+? After all, technically, it’s just a bunch of scratches.

There’s more laser-engraved iPhones at the link below, so check them out.

  • robthesoundguy

    While the laser engraving is very cool, it would void your AppleCare+. AppleCare Protection Plan and AppleCare+ does not cover any unauthorized modifications to either the software or hardware. That’s not exact wording from the terms and conditions, but you get the general idea.

  • Chuckster

    Or, you could just buy the white one.

  • Stratuscaster

    Laser etching or engraving – when properly done – will not void your warranty or AppleCare. Otherwise, how does Apple themselves get away with engraving iPods, iPads, and iPhones?

    I work for an Apple reseller and we laser engrave iPads and iPods for clients all the time. And per our Apple rep, what we do does not void the warranty or AppleCare.

  • Bob Smogango

    How about just buying a really nice protective case? That’s cheap, typically less than $40, and it protects it against scratches, dents, etc. Problem solved, it doesn’t violate the warranty and it keeps the product in like new condition so you can sell it for more when the time comes to sell it when you want to upgrade.

  • diamondaine

    How cool does this laser-engraved iPhone 5 look? – Not so cool.

  • Gheedsgreed

    awesome

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