Introduction

Use this guide to replace your AirPort/Bluetooth card.

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  • Before proceeding, close your computer and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 9 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

  • The special screwdriver needed to remove the eight 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

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Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.
  • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.
  • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

  • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

  • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.

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Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna connectors up from their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna connectors up from their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna connectors up from their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

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Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort/Bluetooth card to the logic board.
  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort/Bluetooth card to the logic board.

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Slightly lift the free end of the AirPort/Bluetooth board and pull it out of its socket on the logic board. Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth board from the Air.
  • Slightly lift the free end of the AirPort/Bluetooth board and pull it out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth board from the Air.

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Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

Which UFL plug is the WIFI one? the one closer to the screw or the other one?

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uxa1 - Reply

Dear:

I bought a new A1369 AirPort/Bluetooth Board.When I installing it, I accidentally broken the cable that you were prying at step 4, What can I do?

THx!

Alex - Reply

Which antenna connector is The wi-fi one? The one closest to the screw or the one furthest away?

Joel S - Reply

I would like AC WiFi and Bluetooth 4 support by upgrading the internal card. Can you install upgrade WiFi/Bluetooth cards into this slot?

David Jones - Reply

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