So the left hinge on my macbook air rev a gave out a couple days ago. I read the horror stories of it costing 800 to fix and even if it's in warranty apple would not cover it while considering it "accidental damage". So I made an appointment at the genius bar with pretty low expectations. My warranty expired in Feb but AMEX has an extended warranty program and they wanted me to get a quote from apple first. However if apple said it was accidental damage they would not be able to repair/reimburse me either. So I get to the bar and the genius takes a look and says "that's too bad". He takes it to the backroom to show someone and check if the parts are available. 5 minutes later he comes back out and says that because my air falls under a special category of damage for this specific model that it would be repaired for FREE even though i'm 5 months out of warranty!!! I couldn't believe my ears! He showed me the work authorization for me to sign and it said: Issue description: cracking near display clutch Issue Verified: YEs Proposed solution: Send to depot and service under *here they had entered an article number and name* I don't want to post it up in case it's a unique number. "Repair should be a Covered Repair through Apple. Please read repair notes for the explanation as to why" So when I asked how it was being covered he said not to worry about it but he could not give me the details about why it was being repaired for free even out of warranty. I'm assuming that either apple has fessed up to the situation with the faulty hinges and is now repairing them for free or I just got extremely lucky! Either way, i'm so relieved that it will be repaired. Estimated time to get it back is 5-7 days.