Upgrading Low Res LCD to High Res compatibility?
I am looking at purchasing a 2012 15" macbook pro (MD103LL/A ) on craigslist for a significant discount. However, I would like to upgrade the screen to high-resolution - either matte or glossy.
I've spent the last two days researching this and found a lot of contradicting information.
This place, welovemacs, sells LCD panels and divides them up by years. The offerings and prices are different depending on the year. This leads me to believe they are different.
This place, powerbookmedic, has only two categories, one for unibody and one for non-unibody. Under unibody is shows a list of compatility that ends in year 2010. So it doesn't show that it IS compatible with a 2012 macbook pro. Another thing, this place says the matte and glossy lcds are interchangeable, but resolutions are not.
I have looked at so many lcd retailers that I am getting exhausted with this. The prices vary so vastly that it is also alarming.
Here are a few more retailers I found
^This place is the cheapest and the a1286 is the model that corresponds to the 2009-2013 15" models. So I'm really tempted to order from these guys.
I will of course be calling companies to try to get more information from them and will be updating this question/answers as the weekend closes; however, I'd be interested in hearing what is already known?
First question is - difference between matte and glossy? Is it in the lcd or the overlay? If one were to want to switch between the two, what additional parts might be needed? I know the screen borders look different between the matte and glossy high-res options when purchased through apple. The matte version does not have the clean black trim.
Second - any issue going between resolutions? Apple loves stream-lining so I suspect there are no hardware differences in the low-res and high-res models except for the actual screen, but I could be wrong. I noticed that some of the 15" macbooks seam to claim to have a 1GB 650m graphics card while others a 512MB 650m.
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read this.
Is this a good question?