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(grĭb′əl flănj)

n.

A Gribble flange is actually the device that causes electronic and mechanical devices to fail just a few weeks after warranty expires. Accurately tunable to suit different warranty periods. Perfected by Apple to require only a new improved OS every six months or so.

Formerly seen as a money grabbing device to benefit the manufacturer, now seen by Gen Y as no more than a friendly reminder that whatever the device is, it's about time we had a new one. In a different colour.
Ted: 'Where's your new iThingy?'

Bill: 'The Gribble Flange kicked in early - it's in the shop for repairs. Hope they forget to reset the timer chip.'
by KeithMyArthe February 24, 2014
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