Apple announced the Retina MacBook 2015, model A1534, on March 9, 2015 to launch on April 10. It has a new unibody construction and includes an updated trackpad, keyboard, and Retina display.

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How do I replace the LCD panel of a MacBook 12" Retina?

I have a MacBook 12" A1534 Early 2015.

My LCD screen just went completely white after a few vertical bars popping on the screen. I see that the LCD screen is pretty cheap per se, whereas the display assembly can get expensive quickly so I would like to replace the former.

I have found many guides to replace the display assembly, but almost zero guidance on how to replace the LCD screen. Is replacing the screen of this MacBook something relatively easy to do? Are there any helpful guides how there that I can take a look at?



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The newer retina displays are very difficult to open without damaging, which is why you won't find a guide breaking it down. As you can see here in IFIXIT's attempt: MacBook Pro Retina Display Teardown. It's not worth it! The display afterwards won't be as good as you'll likely damage the sheets or leave marks.

Here's the IFIXIT guide to replace the assembly: Retina MacBook 2015 Display Assembly Replacement and here's the part: MacBook 12" Retina (Early 2015) Display Assembly - Apple P/N 661-02241

MacBook 12" Retina (Early 2015 to 2017) Display Assembly Image

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I see Dan. I will totally consider doing some more tests and then replacing the display assembly which sounds a lot easier to do. Thanks for the links :)



Unlike the older displays which use a thicker glass. The retina series use very thin glass so instead of cracking or shattering which would clearly indicate a broken screen. The glass has a bit of flex so the micro traces along the edge can often get damaged (often called a TAB error). I suspect thats what happened here a bang along the edge or something heavy fell on the lid.


Wow, that's a great analysis, thanks! I suspect this is what happened since it didn't fall from my desk or anything like that. Do you think I may be able to fix the micro traces along the edge by opening up the computer and inspecting the internal components a little bit? The screen doesn't indeed look broken (I've typed LCD broken on Google and the images that popped up are a lot different than my current issue).


Sorry nothing fixable here ;-{ New display time.

Here's a vid that shows a bit more: Vertical lines in laptop screen - Free Quick fix. As you can see Karrissa applies pressure to reconnect the broken traces on the glass. This is not really a proper repair as the wedge solution only squeezes the connection together, the trace is still damaged.

Unlike the Asus laptop you can't get to the LCD on the MacBook to try the same and besides it's not a long term fix. The difference in hers (colored) Vs yours is related to the trace set, signal Vs power in yours it's the power side (Black & White)


Thanks so much for the video link and for your analysis on this, Dan! = :) I think I will either replace the display assembly or buy a new Mac completely. I will now try to apply some pressure to the screen as seen in the video and see if it works. The trace set signal vs power is so fascinating by the way, never thought you could tell which problem it was just by looking at the vertical bar/screen colors. Thank you!


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A white screen has usually been a hard drive issue, but I don't know with the sticks. Try booting into recovery mode by holding down the Option key on start up and selecting the recovery partition and let us know if the problem persists.

Also hooking it up to an external monitor will tell us if the is an issue with the GPU.

Also try booting from an external USB source.

I just uploaded 48 images of doing this repair. But your screen does not appear to be broken. It appears to be malfunctioning and we need to diagnose the problem before trying to repair it

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Thanks Richard (assuming that's your name), I appreciate it. The problem still persists – I don't have the adaptors to connect the Mac to an external monitor just yet but will definitely consider booting from an external USB source.


A straight white screen would be a question of the OS starting to load and stopping (bad HD) with the SSD models it can also hold true. A black or colored stripe (horz or vert) implies the LCD is damaged. It could also be a bad LVDS cable in the older models. The retina models use iDP which is a different signaling format which symptomatically is different if the cable is bad.

I do agree with you @mayer - Testing the system with an external monitor is always a good idea to make sure the GPU logic is not at fault.


Thanks @danj for your input.

@mayer Interesting to see that the screen may not be broken – will definitely try to connect it to an external monitor to see if this is an issue with the GPU.


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