MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 Upper Case Replacement

Replace the Upper Case in your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012.

Use this guide to replace the upper case.

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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 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

  • 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.

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Edit Step 10 I/O Board Data Cable  ¶ 

  • 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.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the left side of the I/O board data cable connector.

  • Gently twist the spudger to disconnect the I/O board data cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the I/O board data cable from the MacBook Pro.

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Edit Step 13 Right Speaker  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SSD cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  • Move the SSD cable connector out of the way.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the right speaker cable connector.

  • Gently pry the right speaker cable connector up off from its socket on the logic board.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the connector, not the socket itself.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the right speaker to the upper case:

    • One 6.8 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Two 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the right speaker out of the upper case.

  • If necessary, de-route the right speaker cable from its channel in the upper case.

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Edit Step 17 Left Speaker  ¶ 

  • 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.

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Wedge the tip of a spudger beneath the left speaker cable connector.

  • Gently pry the left speaker cable connector up off from its socket on the logic board.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the connector, not the socket itself.

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the left speaker to the upper case:

    • One 6.8 mm T5 Torx screw (top right)

    • Two 6.3 mm T5 Torx screws

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • LIft and remove the left speaker out of the upper case.

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Edit Step 21 SSD Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use your thumb or finger to bend the plastic spring bar on the SSD tray, freeing the two clips at the front side of the device.

  • While holding the spring bar depressed, tilt the SSD assembly up out of its cavity.

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Remove the SSD assembly from the upper case.

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Edit Step 23 Battery  ¶ 

  • Remove three 2.2 mm T5 Torx screws from each side of the battery (six screws total).

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat edge of a spudger underneath the leftmost battery cell.

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Wedge the spudger underneath the leftmost battery cell.

  • Run the spudger along the bottom perimeter of the battery cell to release the adhesive.

  • Wedge the spudger underneath the battery cell once again, but this time slightly lift the battery cell.

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Insert the spudger along the left side of the leftmost battery cell.

  • Run the spudger up along the left side of the leftmost battery cell.

  • Slightly pry the leftmost battery cell to release it from the adhesive.

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to release the top portion of the leftmost battery cell.

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the top portion of the leftmost battery cell.

  • Run the spudger down along the leftmost battery cell.

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the larger leftmost battery cell.

  • Carefully wedge the spudger inwards, being careful to not damage the battery cells.

  • Pry the larger leftmost battery cell up off the upper case.

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Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Grasp the battery cells and gently move, but do not remove, them from their recess in the upper case.

  • Leave the battery cells resting on top of the upper case as highlighted in the third picture.

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the rightmost battery cell.

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Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Run the spudger to the left along the bottom portion of the rightmost battery cell.

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the bottom portion of the rightmost battery cell.

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Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger near the bottom right corner of the rightmost battery cell.

  • Run the spudger up along the right side of the rightmost battery cell to release the adhesive.

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Edit Step 34  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the right side of the rightmost battery cell and the upper case.

  • Pry the spudger downwards to release the adhesive near the top portion of the rightmost battery cell.

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Edit Step 35  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the larger right battery cell.

  • Run the spudger down along the right side of the larger right battery cell.

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Edit Step 36  ¶ 

  • Insert the spudger near the bottom right corner of the larger right battery cell.

  • Slightly pry the bottom right corner up off the upper case to release the adhesive.

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Edit Step 37  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the larger rightmost battery cell.

  • Carefully wedge the spudger inwards, being careful to not damage the battery cells.

  • Pry the larger right battery cell up off the upper case.

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Edit Step 38  ¶ 

  • Carefully grasp the battery assembly from the right and left battery cells.

  • Lift the battery as a whole up out of the upper case.

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Edit Step 39 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the edges of the I/O board connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  • It is recommended to carefully push on both sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.

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Edit Step 40  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the iSight camera cable connector straight away from its socket on the logic board.

  • It is recommended to carefully push on both sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.

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Edit Step 41  ¶ 

  • Move the iSight camera cable aside.

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Edit Step 42  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger underneath the keyboard backlight connector and the logic board.

  • Gently twist the flat end of a spudger upwards to pry the keyboard backlight connector up off its socket on the logic board.

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Edit Step 43  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Grasp the plastic pull tab and pull the trackpad ribbon cable out of its socket.

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Edit Step 44  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Grasp the plastic pull tab and pull the keyboard ribbon cable out of its socket.

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Edit Step 45  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the microphone ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Grasp the plastic pull tab and pull the microphone ribbon cable out of its socket.

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Edit Step 46  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to rotate the pull tab secured to the display data cable lock toward the DC-In side of the computer.

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Edit Step 47  ¶ 

  • Gently push the edges of the display data cable connector away from its socket on the logic board.

  • It is recommended "walk" the connector out of its socket. Simply push the top and bottom corners of the connector and carefully "walk it out" of its socket.

  • Pull, but do not remove, the display data cable connector out of its socket and carefully move it out of the way.

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Edit Step 48  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the left fan ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Carefully pull the left fan ribbon cable out of its socket.

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Edit Step 49  ¶ 

  • Move the left fan ribbon cable aside to reveal a hidden screw securing the logic board assembly to the upper case.

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Edit Step 50  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the logic board to the upper case:

    • Eight 3.3 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One Phillips #00 screw

    • Two 3.1 mm T5 Torx screws

  • Remove two more screws, from the MagSafe DC-In board in the upper right corner (second image).

    • Two 3.4 mm T5 Torx screws

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Edit Step 51  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the logic board assembly from its left side and work it out of the upper case, minding any cables and the I/O ports that may get caught during removal.

  • Pull the right I/O port side of the logic board away from the side of the upper case and remove the logic board assembly.

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Edit Step 52 I/O Board  ¶ 

  • 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 53  ¶ 

  • Remove the following two screws securing the I/O board to the upper case:

    • One 3.53 mm T5 Torx screw

    • One 4.89 mm T8 Torx standoff screw

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Edit Step 54  ¶ 

  • Carefully pull and remove the I/O board away from its recess in the upper case.

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Edit Step 55 Headphone Jack Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 3.4 mm T5 Torx screws securing the headphone jack to the upper case.

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Edit Step 56  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the headphone jack out of the upper case.

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Edit Step 57 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use a pair of tweezers to lift the rubber hinge covers up off the right and left display hinges.

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Edit Step 58  ¶ 

  • Remove the 3.2 mm T5 Torx screws (one on each side) securing the aluminum hinge brackets to the upper case.

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Edit Step 59  ¶ 

  • Use a pair of tweezers to lift aluminum hinge brackets off the right and left display hinges.

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Edit Step 60  ¶ 

  • Remove the four inner 5.3 mm T8 Torx screws (two on each side) securing the display to the upper case.

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Edit Step 61  ¶ 

  • Open the MacBook Pro approximately 110 degrees, and place it sideways on the table, as shown.

  • While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T8 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

  • Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.

  • Remove the last remaining T8 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.

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Edit Step 62  ¶ 

  • Grip both halves of the device, one in each hand.

  • Gently push forward on the bottom half of the device to detach it from the display assembly.

  • Carefully set each component aside, making sure to set down the lower half keyboard-side down.

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Edit Step 63 Trackpad  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the trackpad to the upper case:

    • Four 1.4 mm Phillips #000 screws

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Edit Step 64  ¶ 

  • Wedge the spudger between the trackpad ribbon cable and the upper case.

  • Run the spudger along the bottom to release the trackpad ribbon cable from the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

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Edit Step 65  ¶ 

  • Insert the tip of a spudger in between the trackpad ribbon cable and the upper case.

  • Carefully thread the trackpad ribbon cable out of the notch near the top of the SSD assembly cavity.

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Edit Step 66  ¶ 

  • Once the trackpad is free of the upper case, guide the trackpad ribbon cable through the slot cut in the upper case.

  • Remove the trackpad from the upper case.

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Edit Step 67 Microphone Assembly  ¶ 

  • For this step, it is recommended to use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the adhesive securing the microphone assembly to the upper case. You may be able to remove it without doing so, but will risk damaging the microphone cable.

  • With the heat gun set to low, heat the microphone assembly to loosen the adhesive attaching it to the upper case.

  • Be very careful not to overheat the microphones or upper case. Keep in mind that the plastic keyboard is on the other side—too much heat in a single place can melt keys.

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Edit Step 68  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to remove the piece of tape covering one of two microphones.

  • Grasp the piece of tape with a pair of tweezers and remove it.

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Edit Step 69  ¶ 

  • Repeat the same procedure as the previous step to remove the tape covering the second microphone.

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Edit Step 70  ¶ 

  • Wedge the tip of a spudger underneath the microphone assembly cable.

  • Run the spudger up along the bottom of the microphone assembly cable to separate it from the upper case.

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Edit Step 71  ¶ 

  • Gently wedge the tip of a spudger underneath the second microphone and push inwards to loosen the adhesive.

  • At this point the second microphone should be completely detached from the upper case.

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Edit Step 72  ¶ 

  • Carefully pry the first microphone up off the upper case.

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Edit Step 73  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the microphone assembly out of the upper case.

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Edit Step 74 Upper Case  ¶ 

  • Upper case 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

TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver

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T6 Torx Screwdriver

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T6 Torx Screwdriver

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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