Apple has been offering free text engraving on AirPods cases since March of 2019. A quick mess around with their site looks like there’re approximately twenty-two character spaces available, though this may vary with letters and capitalizations. No matter — There’s a lot that can be conveyed in twenty-two spaces.
(FYI: You can also get engraving on an iPad, iPod touch and/or an Apple Pencil, though it looks like engraving is only available if you purchase your device online. I imagine the number of character spaces available varies for each device, as well.)
And now, in the year of our Lord 2020, according to Engadget, you can get emoji engraved on your AirPods case! And yes: Engadget reported that the choices include the poop emoji.
Here’s what they had to say:
Apple is expanding the free engraving options on AirPods cases to include emoji. The selection is fairly limited, ranging from a few faces (such as my personal favorite, the grimace) through to heart and star symbols. You can also have a ghost, robot, alien, skull, hand gesture (but no middle finger) or an animal emoji adorning your AirPods case.
Since last March, Apple has offered text engraving on the cases. You can make your selection when you go to add one to your bag. Just be sure to think carefully what it might say about you if a friend catches a glimpse of a poop symbol on your case, though.
When I was checking out the number of characters and space one could get engraved, I also — of course — perused the emoji. And from what I could tell, the poop emoji was not an option.
Take a look at this screen grab:
No poop emoji to speak of!
Engadget wasn’t the only place reporting the poop emoji was an option, though. The Verge reported there were thirty-one total emoji options, also including the poop emoji and the snake and the rest of the Zodiac animals, and even had a picture showing three lines of emoji options and one lone straggler in a fourth row. Still, that’s not what the Apple site is saying…
Be that as it may, get the damn unicorn. Or, get your name. Or, get three fist bumps in a row to make you feel less silly about wearing AirPods in the first place because those things look ridiculous. #sorrynotsorry
Maybe it’s a glitch, or maybe they have retracted some emoji since the original reporting? (…but why still *just* the dragon then?) Regardless, goddamn you Apple. Engraved emoji — that’s CUTE!
Erika is a sex positive people watcher (and writer). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screengrabs taken by the author on January 3, 2020.