MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 AirPort Board Replacement

Replace the AirPort Board in your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012.

Use this guide to replace the AirPort board.

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm Pentalobe screws

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

  • Gently pull the lower case case away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

  • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

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Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T7 Torx shouldered screw

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

  • It is recommended to bend the battery cables just slightly, to keep the board suspended up above the logic board and out of the way.

  • Do not fold the board completely over, or crease the cables, as this may damage the battery.

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Edit Step 9 AirPort Board Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.7 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort board to the I/O board.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry and disconnect the three antenna cable connectors from the AirPort board.

  • The three cables are coded with black sleeves of different lengths. During reassembly:

    • Connect the long-sleeved cable to the center socket.

    • The short-sleeved cable connects next to the screw.

    • The remaining cable has no sleeve, and connects in the last empty socket, next to the fan.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Move the antenna cables aside, clear of the AirPort board.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Wedge a plastic opening tool between the AirPort board (side nearest the I/O ports) and the I/O board.

  • Gently pry the AirPort board upwards, but do not remove it.

  • Only lift the AirPort board as much as is necessary to get a grip on it. Lifting it too high above the I/O board may damage the board or the socket.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Pull the AirPort board straight out of its socket on the I/O board.

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Edit Step 14 AirPort Board  ¶ 

  • AirPort board remains.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

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T6 Torx Screwdriver

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T6 Torx Screwdriver

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T6 Torx Screwdriver

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T7 Torx Screwdriver

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Is this showing how to upgrade a MBP min2012 from non-retina to retina display?

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