Introduction

Use this guide to replace the AirPort board.

  • 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

  • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your device.

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

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

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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  • 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.

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

This plastic cover wasn’t included with the new battery so I placed the original one back in. Was it supposed to go back in? This detail wasn’t clear since the original cover didn’t fit exactly over the newer battery connector. Plus any stickiness of adhesive that may have been there was gone.

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

    • Two 2.8 mm T6 Torx screws

    • One 7.0 mm T6 Torx shouldered screw

Top screw in this image was not a T6. I found that a T5 bit fit this one.

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

Is adhered to screw beneath, so lift firmly and slowly.

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

I lost this screw! How important is it? Will it be okay with just the 3 previously removed screws?

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • Wedge a plastic opening tool between the AirPort board (side nearest the I/O ports) and the I/O board.

  • Gently pry the AirPort board upwards, but do not remove it.

  • Only lift the AirPort board as much as is necessary to get a grip on it. Lifting it too high above the I/O board may damage the board or the socket.

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

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  • AirPort board remains.

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Conclusion

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

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3 Comments

Hello

Is this showing how to upgrade a MBP min2012 from non-retina to retina display?

acruznet88 - Reply

Hi, I've seen this Airport board teardown and the Early 2015 one. I think that Airport board is the same and I would like to replace my board with the Early 2015 one. Can you tell me if is it possible? Can be driver issues? Mac OS version issues? Thank you

luca.lavorato11 - Reply

Thanks for this. I just used this to upgrade my Late 2012 to AC.

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