Apple Launches Replacement Program For 27-Inch iMacs With Graphics Problems

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If you bought an iMac between late 2011 and mid 2012 and your graphics have been acting up, you’re not alone… and Apple just might fix your iMac for free.

Apple has launched a graphics card replacement program for certain mid-2011 iMacs with known graphics issues. According to Apple, the AMD Radeon HD 6970M video card used in 27-inch iMacs with either a 3.1Ghz quad-core Intel Core i5 or a 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 CPUs is known to fail.

When the AMD Radeon HD 6970M is failing, it causes “the computers display to appear distorted, white or blue with vertical lines, or to turn black,” says Apple.

If you’ve got a Mac with such a problem and it was sold to you between May 2011 and October 2012, you can either set-up an appointment with a Genius at your local Apple Store, go to an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or call Apple Technical Support. And if you have already paid Apple to fix an iMac with symptoms like the ones listed above? You’re probably due for a refund, and should get in touch with Apple directly.

For more information about Apple’s iMac (27-inch): AMD Radeon 6970M Video Card Replacement Program, see the link below.

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