Apple's line of MacBook Pro laptops was intended for the professional and power users. The MacBook Pro line includes the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody, MacBook Pro 15", MacBook Pro 15" Unibody, MacBook Pro 17", and the MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

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Can I put a retina screen on the old MBP unibody

I have an interest in Putting the Retina screen on my MBP 2011 early.

I have a way to get a RETINA screen. I am just wondering if they are Compatible

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Don't think so - the bus and GPU speeds are quite slower, you're looking at approximately 6yr jump in video technology development between the two. I understand the Retina panel also uses more current than the non-Retina panels.

Also rather than sandwich an LCD panel between a back case and a front glass, they used the aluminum case itself as the frame for the LCD panel and used the LCD as the front glass.

iFixit could not separate the LCD from the back without breaking it.

Lastly to run the OS you'd need a Mid/Late 2007 or newer machine.

The path to a Retina display (and btw if you're a Graphics Designer there are Photoshop problems) is by selling your old machine and buying one with a Retina display.

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But what about going from a mid 2012 non-retina to a mid-2012 retina display? They run the same GPU, and were made side by side. Intuition says at least physically this should be a direct swap as long as the size of the panels are the same.

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