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Is it possible to replace the screen in a retina display assembly?

I have read on one occasion that it is extremely difficult to replace the screen in a retina display assembly of a MacBook Pro 15, 2012, or 2013.

The screen assembly is very thin and looks like a bigger MacBook Air screen assembly and disparagingly difficult to replace.

I have seen on eBay and several online outlets that sell both the complete retina display assembly as well as the screen only, which is about $120 cheaper.

Has anyone have successfully made a retina display screen replacement in to an existing assembly, which has a broken screen?

I am sure I read an iFixit article that indicated that the job of doing so is very difficult and nearly impossible.

I wish to follow up on that and see if I can get an update from iFixit members.

If you have been successful, please share your experience and write on this thread how you did it. Any link to an existing instruction will also be dearly appreciated.

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Frankly, I would just replace the entire assembly and be done with it. While the screen cost is lower the extra stuff you'll need will drive you crazy.

In the process you'll likely break the cover glass and you may end up getting smudges on the defuser sheet and then need to replace that as well. In the end these added costs will push you up another 50 or so bucks. Then you have to calculate your time a 1/2 hour swap out or a three hours of nail bitting that is assuming you had the parts in hand just in case. If you didn't you'll need to put the project on the shelf until the rest of the parts show up. And lets say you did get the extra parts and you ended up not needing them, Ugh! Now what do I do with them.

I tried to do it once and I won't try it again. I only swap out the full assembly now

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After doing this myself, I'll never do another one.


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