Can I install a Mid 2012 MBA trackpad on the Late 2010 model?

I have a macbook air mid-2012 that has a failed logic board, and replacing it is probably more expensive than buying a used working mid2012 mba. Hence, I will not be fixing this one.

My mother has a late 2010 Macbook air, but her trackpad doesn't work properly (tracks movements, but cant click).

Hence, I would like to take the trackpad from the mid-2012 MBA and put it into my mothers late 2010 MBA. Visually, they seem the same. These two are separate parts

according to ifixit (MacBook Air 11" (Mid 2011/Mid 2012) Trackpad and MacBook Air 11" (Late 2010) Trackpad)

Would the mid-2012 trackpad work on the late 2010 MBA?

MacBook Air 11" (Late 2010) Trackpad Image
MacBook Air 11" (Mid 2011/Mid 2012) Trackpad Image
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The 2012 Compatability list 922-9971:

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.3GHz Core i5 (A1465) - Mid 2013 MD711LL/A

MD712LL/A Mid 2013 - New

Mid 2013 - Used

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo (A1370) - Late 2010 MC505LL/A

MC506LL/A Late 2010

Late 2010 - USED

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.4GHz Core i5 (A1465) - Early 2014 MD711LL/B

MD712LL/B Mid 2013 - New

Mid 2013 - Used

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo (A1370) - Late 2010 MC505LL/A

MC506LL/A Late 2010

Late 2010 - USED

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.6GHz Core i5 (A1370) - Mid 2011 MC968LL/A

MC969LL/A Mid 2011

Mid 2011 - USED

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.6GHz Core i5 (A1465) - Early 2015 MJVM2LL/A

MJVP2LL/A Mid 2013 - New

Mid 2013 - Used

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.7GHz Core i5 (A1465) - Mid 2012 MD223LL/A

MD224LL/A Mid 2012

Mid 2012 - USED

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.7GHz Core i7 (A1465) - Early 2014 MD711LL/B

MD712LL/B Mid 2013 - New

Mid 2013 - Used

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.7GHz Core i7 (A1465) - Mid 2013 MD711LL/A

MD712LL/A Mid 2013 - New

Mid 2013 - Used

MacBook Air 11.6" 1.8GHz Core i7 (A1370) - Mid 2011 MC968LL/A

MC969LL/A Mid 2011

Mid 2011 - USED

MacBook Air 11.6" 2.0GHz Core i7 (A1465) - Mid 2012 MD224LL/A

MD223LL/A Mid 2012

Mid 2012 - USED

MacBook Air 11.6" 2.2GHz Core i7 (A1465) - Early 2015 MJVM2LL/A

MJVP2LL/A Mid 2013 - New

Mid 2013 - Used

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Thank you! I will get the bracket and screws and give it a go then! I'll update on my progress later, thanks again!

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@phlouzo Just glad I knew where to look ;-)

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Before you go on replacing the trackpad, I would check the battery first. If the trackpad tracks movement but can't click, it could be that the battery is swelling and pushing the trackpad up a little bit. That is a common problem in MacBooks, and seems more likely.

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Hi, thanks for this remark. Is there a way to find out if the battery is swollen or the trackpad needs replacing? The main issue is that as my family lives far away (3000 miles away), I would have to prepare myself with everything I need for when I go over and fix them. Is there a way to determine if this is due to the battery?

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@phlouzo If the trackpad seems to be pushing up in some spots, it's hard to click, or doesn't register clicks all the time, it's probably the battery. Have the relative check how many cycles the battery has. If it is close to 500 or above, that increases the chance of it being the battery. Also check if the battery condition is service battery or check battery.

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