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Released in November 2020, the 13" MacBook Pro features Apple's Arm-based M1 SoC with both an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. (Model A2338 / EMC 3578 with two Thunderbolt 3 ports)

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Is a MacBook Pro 2018 screen compatible with a MacBook Pro 2020?

I swapped a 2020 Macbook Pro 13” screen that had a dent with my older 2018 Macbook Pro 13” screen that was in good condition. Neither screen works on the opposite computer. Only an external display works. Before I go through the trouble of swapping them back are they not compatible with each other?

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Yep! Square peg round hole problem!

The displays are not swappable! The newer display offers TrueTone to alter both the camera and displays color which uses a different signaling.

To add to that your 2020 system requires a used display as a virgin display wouldn’t have had its display calibrated so it would require access to the calibration tool which only Apple has access to.

The still newer M series systems now require an Apple supplied display as the display is now serialized to the logic board (married)

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