Apple offers graphics replacement program for some 2011-2012 iMacs

Apple offers graphics replacement program for some 2011-2012 iMacs

Apple is acknowledging that some "Sandy Bridge"-era iMacs have issues with their graphics subsystem and is offering to repair them, according to 9to5 Mac.

The iMacs in question were manufactured between May 2011 and October 2012, when Apple introduced the radically redesigned thin iMacs that eschew internal optical drives. Specifically, 27-inch versions of those iMacs equipped with AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics chips are prone, under certain circumstances, to failure.

Official service resources including AppleCare, Apple retail store Geniuses, and authorized Apple service providers "have been given a series of steps" to verify the issue and facilitate a repair, if necessary.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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Apple offers graphics replacement program for some 2011-2012 iMacs

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About a month ago, I had some similar issues with my mid 2011 iMac. Static, blue lines, very slow graphics. I took it to the Apple store and they diagnosed and replaced the graphics card. I had Apple Care fortunately. I would take the computer in and have them replace the card. If you don't have Apple Care this is a really good thing Apple is doing. At the time there was no "reported issue" but something must have happened to cause Apple to offer a solution. I suspect that what you are having problems with will be resolved by the fix. Good luck to you!