MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 AirPort Board Replacement

Replace the AirPort Board in your MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012.

Having connectivity issues? Use this guide to replace the AirPort board.

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following pentalobe screws securing the lower case to the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

    • Eight 3.0 mm

    • Two 2.3 mm

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lifting from the edge nearest the clutch cover, lift the lower case off the MacBook Pro.

  • Set the lower case aside.

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Edit Step 3 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Peel back the warning label covering the battery connector.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, gently pry the battery connector straight up out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the battery cables back and out of the way, ensuring that the battery connector doesn't accidentally make contact with the logic board.

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Edit Step 5 AirPort Board  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to detach the three antenna connectors up from their sockets on the AirPort board.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort board to the logic board.

  • Grasp the edges of the board and slide it out from its connector.

  • Lift and remove the AirPort board.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 device page.

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Is the new AirPort AC card for the 2013 MacBook Pro Retina interchangeable? In other words, can I now upgrade to the new AirPort?

rbouch8828, · Reply

Yes, it works. I just bought an AirPort AC board from the late 2013 RMBP and installed in my mid 2012 model, and it works perfectly. Highly recommended upgrade.

Frederico, · Reply

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