A client recently gave me his iMac because “it was slow.” Standard hard disk replacement issue. Easily diagnosed, easily remedied.
When I picked up the iMac, the client told me “The hinge is broken. It broke shortly after I bought it. I just prop it up and it’s fine.” OK, good to know.
While doing the disk replacement, I looked online to see if I could also fix the hinge. Turns out, the hinge is a factory defect and Apple had stated they would reimburse people who had already paid for repairs and would do the repair for free for those like my client who just ignored the problem.
I contacted the client and asked if he’d like me to have the hinge repaired. He did.
Today, I took it to an authorized Apple dealer (same day appointment vs. waiting until next week. Also, better parking!) who initially said that the offer had run out. “It was an offer for four years,” but I pointed out that the offer was made in 2016, so there should still be time left. He looked it up online and saw that the offer was still valid, but only through 11 January 2019.”
Please, if you or anyone you know has a 27″ iMac, check if the hinge is broken. If it is, walk – do not run – and get the free repair before it expires in two months.