MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Early 2013 I/O Board Replacement

Replace the I/O Board in your MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Early 2013.

Use this guide to replace the I/O board.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Two 2.3 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 3.0 mm P5 Pentalobe screws

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the upper case and the lower case.

  • Gently pull the lower case case away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/3: The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • The lower case is connected to the upper case at the center, with two plastic clips.

  • During reassembly, gently push down the center of the lower case to reattach the two plastic clips.

Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

Edit Step 4 Battery Connector  ¶ 

  • Remove the plastic cover adhered to the battery contact board.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the battery connector board to the logic board:

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T7 Torx shouldered screw

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to remove the small plastic cover located near the bottom right of the battery connector board.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the wide head 6.4 mm T6 Torx screw securing the battery connector to the logic board assembly.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the battery connector board up off the logic board.

  • It is recommended to bend the battery cables just slightly, to keep the board suspended up above the logic board and out of the way.

  • Do not fold the board completely over, or crease the cables, as this may damage the battery.

Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Grasp the battery contact board with tweezers.

Edit Step 9 Battery Contact Board  ¶ 

  • Grasp the battery contact board with tweezers.

  • Lift the battery contact board up off the logic board and remove it.

  • Removing this board will ensure that the battery remains disconnected throughout your repair, preventing your computer from accidentally powering on. It's also a good idea to take it out so it doesn't fall out unexpectedly.

Edit Step 10 Heat Sink Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board assembly:

Edit Step 10 Heat Sink Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the heat sink to the logic board assembly:

    • One 2.4 mm Phillips #00 screw

    • One 3.4 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Four 2.7 mm T5 Torx screws

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift and remove the heat sink up off the logic board assembly.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the heat sink up off the logic board assembly.

  • When reinstalling the heat sink, be sure to apply a new layer of thermal paste. If you have never applied thermal paste before, we have a guide that makes it easy.

Edit Step 12 I/O Board Data Cable  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right side of the I/O board data cable connector up off its socket on the I/O board.

Edit Step 12 I/O Board Data Cable  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right side of the I/O board data cable connector up off its socket on the I/O board.

  • When prying the I/O board data cable connector from its socket, make sure to pry the connector itself and not the socket. Prying the socket may cause irreversible damage to the I/O board.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the left side of the I/O board data cable connector.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Wedge the flat end of a spudger beneath the left side of the I/O board data cable connector.

  • Gently twist the spudger to disconnect the I/O board data cable connector from its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift and remove the I/O board data cable from the MacBook Pro.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the I/O board data cable from the MacBook Pro.

Edit Step 15 Right Fan  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the right fan ribbon cable ZIF socket.

Edit Step 15 Right Fan  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the right fan ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the right fan ribbon cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the three 3.1 mm T5 Torx screws securing the right fan to the logic board assembly.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 3.1 mm T5 Torx screws securing the right fan to the logic board assembly.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift and remove the right fan out of the upper case.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the right fan out of the upper case.

Edit Step 18 AirPort Board Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the single 2.7 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort board to the I/O board.

Edit Step 18 AirPort Board Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.7 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort board to the I/O board.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Use the flat end of a spudger to pry and disconnect the three antenna cable connectors from the AirPort board.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry and disconnect the three antenna cable connectors from the AirPort board.

  • The three cables are coded with black sleeves of different lengths. During reassembly:

    • Connect the long-sleeved cable to the center socket.

    • The short-sleeved cable connects next to the screw.

    • The remaining cable has no sleeve, and connects in the last empty socket, next to the fan.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Move the antenna cables aside, clear of the AirPort board.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Move the antenna cables aside, clear of the AirPort board.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Pull the AirPort board straight out of its socket on the I/O board.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Pull the AirPort board straight out of its socket on the I/O board.

Edit Step 22 I/O Board  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use the tip of a spudger to push the edges of the I/O board power connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 22 I/O Board  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the edges of the I/O board power connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  • It is recommended to carefully push on both sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Pull the I/O board connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Pull the I/O board connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the following two screws securing the I/O board to the upper case:

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Remove the following two screws securing the I/O board to the upper case:

    • One 3.5 mm T5 Torx screw

    • One 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Carefully pull and remove the I/O board away from its recess in the upper case.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Carefully pull and remove the I/O board away from its recess in the upper case.

Conclusion

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

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