MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 Trackpad Replacement
Replace the Trackpad on your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012.
- Author: Sam Lionheart
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace the trackpad.
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- Lower Case 3 steps
- Battery Connector 5 steps
- Battery Contact Board 1 step
- I/O Board Data Cable 3 steps
- Right Speaker 4 steps
- Left Speaker 4 steps
- SSD Assembly 2 steps
- Battery 16 steps
- Trackpad 9 steps
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.
Grasp the battery contact board with tweezers.
Lift the battery contact board up off the logic board and remove it.
Removing this board will ensure that the battery remains disconnected throughout your repair, preventing your computer from accidentally powering on. It's also a good idea to take it out so it doesn't fall out unexpectedly.
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right side of the I/O board data cable connector up off its socket on the I/O board.
When prying the I/O board data cable connector from its socket, make sure to pry the connector itself and not the socket. Prying the socket may cause irreversible damage to the I/O board.
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the headphone jack cable connector straight up off its socket on the logic board.
Gently bend the headphone jack cable to 90° up from the logic board.
Bending the headphone jack cable will allow you to disconnect the left speaker cable connector without having the headphone jack cable in the way.
To avoid scratching the display, open the computer about 90º and set it on end.
Guide the trackpad ribbon cable through the slot cut in the upper case. This will push the trackpad up out of its recession in the top of the upper case. Guide the trackpad out with your other hand, so it doesn't fall.
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