Introduction

Use this guide to replace the AirPort card in your Mac Pro Late 2013.

Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position. Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position.
  • Slide the lock switch to the right, to the unlocked position.

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Lift the outer case straight up off the Mac Pro. It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up. It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up.
  • Lift the outer case straight up off the Mac Pro.

  • It may help to push down on the center of the fan while lifting the case up.

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Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly. Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly. Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly.
  • Remove five 5.1 mm T10 Torx screws from around the outer perimeter of the fan assembly.

You don't have to remove the fan assy to get to the wifi board & card. It can be done with the fan assy still attached.

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The fan assembly is attached to the rest of the computer by two cables on the IO board side. Tilt the assembly up away from the IO board.
  • The fan assembly is attached to the rest of the computer by two cables on the IO board side.

  • Tilt the assembly up away from the IO board.

  • Do not try to remove the fan assembly yet, as it is still attached by two cables.

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While supporting the fan assembly with one hand, loosen the two T7 captive screws in the fan cable bracket.
  • While supporting the fan assembly with one hand, loosen the two T7 captive screws in the fan cable bracket.

  • These screws are captive in the Mac Pro. Do not try to remove these screws from your Mac Pro.

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Use a pair of tweezers to pull the fan cable bracket away from the fan assembly.
  • Use a pair of tweezers to pull the fan cable bracket away from the fan assembly.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the fan assembly ribbon cable from the IO board. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the fan assembly ribbon cable from the IO board.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the fan assembly ribbon cable from the IO board.

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Disconnect the fan assembly antenna cable from the IO board.
  • Disconnect the fan assembly antenna cable from the IO board.

  • Remove the fan assembly from the Mac Pro.

You don't have to remove the fan assy to do the steps below. They can be done with the fan assy still attached.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the fan assembly lid up off the fan assembly. Remove the fan assembly lid. Remove the fan assembly lid.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the fan assembly lid up off the fan assembly.

  • Remove the fan assembly lid.

There is a thin circle of double sided adhesive that must be loosened in order to remove the plastic cover.

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Remove the three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the metal cover to the AirPort board bay.
  • Remove the three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the metal cover to the AirPort board bay.

I had better luck using a T5 driver.

somethingorother - Reply

Same here. Mine were T5, not T4.

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Lift and remove the metal cover from the AirPort board bay.
  • Lift and remove the metal cover from the AirPort board bay.

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Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan assembly ribbon cable connector. Remove the fan assembly ribbon cable from its ZIF socket. Remove the fan assembly ribbon cable from its ZIF socket.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan assembly ribbon cable connector.

  • Remove the fan assembly ribbon cable from its ZIF socket.

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Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan ribbon cable. Disconnect the fan ribbon cable. Disconnect the fan ribbon cable.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip the ZIF retaining tab on the fan ribbon cable.

  • Disconnect the fan ribbon cable.

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Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the four AirPort antenna cables from the AirPort card. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the four AirPort antenna cables from the AirPort card. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the four AirPort antenna cables from the AirPort card.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the four AirPort antenna cables from the AirPort card.

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Remove three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the AirPort board to the fan assembly.
  • Remove three 3.7 mm T4 screws securing the AirPort board to the fan assembly.

These screws were also T5, not T4, for me.

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Remove the AirPort board and card from the fan assembly.
  • Remove the AirPort board and card from the fan assembly.

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Remove the two 3.7 mm T4 Torx screws securing the AirPort card to the AirPort board.
  • Remove the two 3.7 mm T4 Torx screws securing the AirPort card to the AirPort board.

And, finally, so were these!

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Slide the AirPort card out of its socket in the AirPort board. Slide the AirPort card out of its socket in the AirPort board.
  • Slide the AirPort card out of its socket in the AirPort board.

I suspect the newer Airport card (802.11ac) Apple P/N 653-0014 will work here.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Is there a way to replace the Mac Pro Airport card with a more recent one, like when you insert a recent one in an old macbook pro to get new features such as "unlock my mac with my apple watch" ? This is an interesting question that remains unanswered (until now ?)

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